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May 17, 2008
Re "Sunday service tugs at agnostic," May 11 I find it stunningly beautiful that a man may reach a point at which, influenced by a single event or perhaps a confluence of events, he is able to hear the voice that has always been calling. Who is to say that a homeless violinist is not God's angel? The potential effect of Steve Lopez's friendship with Nathaniel Ayers is beyond calculation. Robert Spalding San Diego
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February 19, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A Philadelphia couple who lost a second son by trying to cure him with prayer instead of science have been sentenced to prison in the death of the boy, who was ill with pneumonia but never saw a physician. Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced Herbert and Catherine Schaible to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison. They pleaded no contest to third-degree murder in the death of their 8-month-old son, Brandon, avoiding a trial and the maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison. “April of 2013 wasn't Brandon's time to die,” Lerner said, noting the violence committed throughout human history in the name of religion.
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NATIONAL
February 19, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A Philadelphia couple who lost a second son by trying to cure him with prayer instead of science have been sentenced to prison in the death of the boy, who was ill with pneumonia but never saw a physician. Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced Herbert and Catherine Schaible to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison. They pleaded no contest to third-degree murder in the death of their 8-month-old son, Brandon, avoiding a trial and the maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison. “April of 2013 wasn't Brandon's time to die,” Lerner said, noting the violence committed throughout human history in the name of religion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, Richard Winton and Kate Mather
An associate pastor is accused of sexually assaulted at least 20 parishioners at his Norwalk church, allegedly telling the women he had “healing hands” and threatening to call immigration officials if they reported him, authorities said. Detectives alleged that Jorge Juan Castro, 54, targeted female parishioners at Nuevas Buenas Church who were undocumented immigrants and spoke only Spanish, assaulting them at the church or during home visits. He was arrested and charged last week on suspicion of rape and related counts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, Richard Winton and Kate Mather
An associate pastor suspected of sexually assaulting at least 20 members of his Norwalk church told the women he had "healing hands" and threatened to call immigration officials if they reported him, authorities said. Detectives alleged that Jorge Juan Castro, 54, targeted women at Las Buenas Nuevas Church who were in the country illegally and spoke only Spanish, assaulting them at the church or during home visits. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say the incidents date to his arrival in Los Angeles from Argentina in 2004.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1997
Here's the rundown on guests and topics for the weekend's public-affairs programs: Today "John McLaughlin's One on One": Faith healing, 1:30 p.m. (28). "Evans & Novak": Syndicated columnist Art Buchwald, 2:30 p.m., repeats Sunday 7 a.m. CNN. "Inside Politics Weekend": Harold Ickes, former White House deputy chief of staff, 3:30 p.m.; repeats midnight, CNN. "Tony Brown's Journal": Hepatitis, 3:30 p.m. (28). "Capital Gang": Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), 4 p.m., 10:30 p.m. CNN.
NEWS
April 5, 1995 | From Associated Press
The state appeals court on Tuesday overturned a $9.15-million award against the Christian Science Church for the death of a boy whose mother treated his diabetes with prayer. The Minnesota Court of Appeals' 2-1 decision said the Boston-based First Church of Christ, Scientist, does not have to pay $9 million in punitive damages or $150,000 in compensatory damages to 11-year-old Ian Lundman's father.
NEWS
November 22, 1991
A 24-year-old woman suffering from a brain tumor died Wednesday at the Anaheim Convention Center at a faith healing revival, just before the healing service was to start, authorities said. The woman's family had attended the Benny Hinn Miracle Invasion Crusade in hope of healing the woman who had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 1984, according to authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1986 | ERIC BAILEY, Times Staff Writer
For eight years Ona Davis has suffered pain and problems with arthritis in her knees. The doctors couldn't seem to do much to help, so Davis turned to a faith healer. It worked, she says. "It isn't energy," Davis said, describing how her life changed a few days ago. "It's a great kind of peace. It's a joy that comes." With that kind of testimony, it's little surprise that Davis joined more than 5,000 people Friday night at the San Diego Sports Arena to take part in a Healing Explosion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1989 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
Yiye Avila, a Puerto Rican bodybuilding champion turned evangelist, paced feverishly, microphone in hand, across the artificial turf nailed to the makeshift stage at the 50-yard line of the East Los Angeles College football stadium. In a giant huddle at his feet--under a scoreboard that announced "Christo Viene" (Christ Is Coming)--nearly 1,000 ailing believers had gathered, some in wheelchairs, some on crutches, some with just hernias or hemorrhoids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, Richard Winton and Kate Mather
An associate pastor suspected of sexually assaulting at least 20 members of his Norwalk church told the women he had "healing hands" and threatened to call immigration officials if they reported him, authorities said. Detectives alleged that Jorge Juan Castro, 54, targeted women at Las Buenas Nuevas Church who were in the country illegally and spoke only Spanish, assaulting them at the church or during home visits. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say the incidents date to his arrival in Los Angeles from Argentina in 2004.
OPINION
May 17, 2008
Re "Sunday service tugs at agnostic," May 11 I find it stunningly beautiful that a man may reach a point at which, influenced by a single event or perhaps a confluence of events, he is able to hear the voice that has always been calling. Who is to say that a homeless violinist is not God's angel? The potential effect of Steve Lopez's friendship with Nathaniel Ayers is beyond calculation. Robert Spalding San Diego
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2004 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Gene Scott, a flamboyant televangelist who previously relied on faith healing to cure his prostate cancer, announced he would undergo surgery Monday at UCLA Medical Center, saying his disease had run "out of control." A statement by three of his organizations said the 75-year-old preacher had discovered this month that a "golf ball-sized cancer" had spread to his bladder from his prostate, where cancer was first diagnosed four years ago.
NEWS
March 13, 2002 | MILTON CARRERO GALARZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Esmeralda was curious about the man who was known for his ability to see into the future. She was 15 when she went to visit him at his house in southwest Los Angeles. She says the first thing he asked was whether she was a virgin. Her answer was yes. He then told her about the terrible vision he had involving her father: He was a victim of witchcraft and would die soon. Esmeralda says the man made her believe her father could be saved if she sacrificed her virginity to St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2001 | LISA J. ADAMS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Rev. Alberto Juarez has seen a young woman erupt in an angry man's voice and growl like a dog. Father Enrique Maldonado tells of houses where locked doors flew open and objects moved about. In these days of high technology and lunch-hour therapy sessions, many people think of exorcism as a relic of the Middle Ages. But the ritual to drive away the forces of evil is alive and well around the globe, perhaps no more so than in Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1998 | Cecilia Rasmussen
Fate deprived William Joseph Seymour of sight in one eye, but the fiery African American preacher's vision of a colorblind Christianity, reinvigorated by what its adherents called "the gifts of the spirit," changed the face of American religion.
NEWS
March 28, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Stepping into an emotional conflict of criminal laws and religious rights, the state Supreme Court granted hearings Thursday to Christian Science parents whose children died while being treated by prayer. Chief Justice Rose Bird and Justices Stanley Mosk, Joseph Grodin, Allen Broussard and Cruz Reynoso, one more than the majority needed on the seven-member court, voted to hear the appeals of parents in Sacramento and Sonoma counties who are charged with involuntary manslaughter.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 1988 | NANCY MILLS
The California Supreme Court is considering whether a Christian Scientist should be tried on a charge of manslaughter in the 1984 death of her 4-year-old daughter, who died of acute bacterial meningitis. Instead of calling a doctor, the mother asked an accredited Christian Scientist practitioner to pray for the girl's recovery. In Massachusetts, a Christian Scientist couple have just been indicted for manslaughter, after the 1986 death of their 2 1/2-year-old son from a bowel obstruction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1998 | JOE MOZINGO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They come to the shady little house on Hooper Avenue because they believe in the old ways of healing. As they begin arriving in the twilight, they chat on the sidewalk and eat tamales, bound by their common faith that the spirits will cure where doctors have failed. They drive from Pico-Union, Hollywood, Altadena--all to have a "consultation" with 23-year-old Genaro Cortez, who they believe holds a remarkable power to heal.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1997
Here's the rundown on guests and topics for the weekend's public-affairs programs: Today "John McLaughlin's One on One": Faith healing, 1:30 p.m. (28). "Evans & Novak": Syndicated columnist Art Buchwald, 2:30 p.m., repeats Sunday 7 a.m. CNN. "Inside Politics Weekend": Harold Ickes, former White House deputy chief of staff, 3:30 p.m.; repeats midnight, CNN. "Tony Brown's Journal": Hepatitis, 3:30 p.m. (28). "Capital Gang": Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), 4 p.m., 10:30 p.m. CNN.
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