Weekender Updater: $20 Million for Catholics; Guilty Wife Killer; PTO Embezzler Un-Jailed

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Fixer upper?
This weekend's Weekender Updater looks at a $20 million hail Mary for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, conviction for a wife killer and the jail's revolving door for a Parent Teacher Organization embezzler.

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5 Ways Nonbelievers Can Say Grace Today

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Your turn to say grace.
Courtesy of the American Humanist Association and their magazine The Humanist, five things atheists, nonbelievers and humanists can say for Thanksgiving grace last today follow ....

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Monday Pervy Monday: Ex-Teacher's Aide, Butt Slapping, TBN, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses

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Carra Crouch with her sister Brittany Crouch (left photo) and father Paul Crouch Jr.
Monday Pervy Monday includes an accused butt slapper, an ex-teacher's aide facing charges of sex with a teen and, for our religious readers, molestation allegations against a South County Jehovah's Witness leader and a Long Beach Mormon church member and the alleged rape of the granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network's co-founders.

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Author Eric Metaxas Pumps His Book Miracles and the "Real" Phenomenon in Newps Tonight

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Rockin' those glasses!

According to a New York Times bestselling author speaking in Newport Beach tonight, miracles are real, he's tracked them and he can explain why they happen--although it is unclear if Eric Metaxas mingled with those seeking them in Grateful Dead concert parking lots. But his topic has prompted the godless OC Weekly to preview an event co-sponsored by Vanguard University and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, which can mean only one thing: IT'S A SURPRISING AND WELCOME EVENT THAT IS NOT EXPLICABLE BY NATURAL OR SCIENTIFIC LAWS AND IS THEREFORE CONSIDERED TO BE THE WORK OF A DIVINE AGENCY!!!

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Monday Pervy Monday: Calvary Church Leader Vincent Lavello Had Sex with 14 y.o. Girl: DA

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It was preying and not praying hands that got a church leader in trouble.

The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) and the Garden Grove Police Department are seeking the public's help in finding other possible victims of a volunteer Calvary Church leader who allegedly had unlawful sex with and committed lewd acts upon a 14-year-old girl. Vincent Daniel Lavello, 50, of Garden Grove, was turned in by his wife, according to the agencies, which gives new meaning to the truth will set you free.

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Professor Jere Lipps Speaks on Religious Threat to Climate Change Public Policy SATURDAY

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Courtesy of Cal State Fullerton
University of California professor emeritus Jere Lipps has been director of Orange County's John D. Cooper Archaeology and Paleontology Center since 2012.

A geologist, paleontologist, marine biologist and UC Berkeley professor emeritus speaks in Irvine Saturday afternoon about how some would like public policy on climate change based on religious beliefs rather than science.


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Kidnapped for Christ Screens After Kate Logan Talks About Her Horrific Teen Center Film

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Anti-gay therapy is the pits.

Biola University student Kate Logan went to the Dominican Republic to make a movie about a troubled teen center. But once in Jarabacoa she discovered teens had been kidnapped at the behest of their parents to attend a school where they'd undergo behavior modification and anti-gay therapy. Thus, the theme of Logan's documentary changed, something she'll talk about at a panel discussion in Long Beach Saturday night before Kidnapped for Christ screens.

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Christians and Atheists Debate in Huntington Beach Over Whether Jesus Was a Real Dude

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Christ is your buddy, but was he real?

I knew Huntington Beach Christian Toastmasters and Backyard Skeptics--a group of Orange County atheists, humanists and assorted non-believers--had debated before but who knew these education events have been a regular deal over the past year? Gathering No. 12 is Thursday night in a Surf City church, and it's free to attend even if you're a damn dirty heathen!

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David Elifar Verduzco Gets 30 Years for His Style of Preying at Agape House of Prayer

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David Elifar Verduzco is one sick pup.
A piano teacher who molested girls ages 9 and 12 he met through Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim has been sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison.

A worship team leader who gave electronic keyboard lessons at Agape, 35-year-old David Elifar Verduzco of Santa Ana had befriended the families of the girls, who all attended the church together.

"You were really close friends with my family and now it's hard to trust anyone," said the younger girl in a victim impact statement delivered at Friday's sentencing. "The way I feel now is that I'll be scared forever, and I don't want to remember this at all when I get older."

The father of the other girl called Verduzco a wolf who disguised himself as a sheep to prey on victims, adding the experience nearly broke up the dad's marriage.

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TV's Youth Obsession Continues as Bobby Schuller Takes Over the All-New Hour of Power

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"I want the Hour of Power to capture the minds of non-religious people," says Bobby Schuller.

It's rather stunning when you think about it, but since Robert A. Schuller took over as leader of Crystal Cathedral Ministries from his televangelist father Robert H. Schuller on Jan. 22, 2006, he was succeeded by his disapproving dad, his sister Sheila Schuller Coleman and his son Bobby Schuller. Before Coleman left in 2012 to start a new church, she had overseen the former mega-church's bankruptcy, ouster of her founder father and sale of the iconic Crystal Cathedral to Orange County Roman Catholic diocese. But a blast from the past came this week when Bobby Schuller was named host of the renamed and reformatted television show Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller. Call it an early Glory of Christmas present.

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