Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Religion BRANDON SUN, Saturday June 29, 2002 A9
Br .— —^ g.-----...Undeterred by critics, faith healer forges on
Evangelist Benny Hinn raises his hands during a service at the Blasdell Concert Hall rn Honolulu, Hawaii on Jan ll While other TV evangelists like Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker and Robert Tilton have fallen from grace over the past two decades Hinn plows ahead, relentlessly seeking souls and money.
By Matt Curry
GRAPEVINE, Tex. - If Benny Hinn puts on a remark able TV show, the view hum his side of the camera is even more incredible.
Looking into viewers homes recently, the evangelist spied a bald, overweight man with a heart problem. Wearing a yellow shirt.
Hinn said he could see the man walking away from his I v, resisting appeals to donate riming a Trinity Broadcasting Network Praise-a-thon
“Come back,” Hinn begged “If you will come back and make that pledge, God will heal youi heart tonight.”
It was vintage H mn - charismatic, even outrageous, melding the promise of healing with support for the network that broadcasts his show, earned in Canada on CTS.
Such claims, of course, are the hallmark of some I V evangelists. But while others like Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker and Robert Tilton have fallen from grace in the last two decades, Hinn plows ahead, relentlessly seeking souls and money.
Like some colleagues, he embraces his worldwide followers who say he has cured them, like heavyweight boxing champi on Evander Holyfield, who has credited Hinn with correcting his heart problem.
For the most part he brushes oft scrutiny though not always gracefully He once wished aloud fora "Holy Ghost machine gun
to blow off the heads of his critics, who object to everything from his unverifiable healing claims to his perfectly coifed hair.
“I think he’s a great showman who understands how to utilize both media and the siage in ordei lo manipulate the audience, said Stephen vVinzenburg .1 coinrnu nutations professor at Grand View College in Des Moines, iowa, who monitors evangelists’
I v broadcasts.
Hums 1ms is Your Day pio gram appears on the I unity Broadcasting Network and airs in 190 countries.
His crusades around the world draw thousands who hope the diminutive preacher will /ap them with powei he says he absorbs from the graves of dead faith healers The lucky ones end up on stage, where with a motion of Hum's hand they are ovei Come, dropping lifelessly into the arms of a “catcher.”
“I’ve known him for many years, and he’s doing a world of good with hundreds of thou sands of people,’ said Fieda Lindsay, co founder of Christ toi die Nations, a Dallas-based dim ch Building ministry.
Lindsay, 88, shares Hums belie! m faun healing and said pi ay et cuied dei of lubeiculosis wilco sne was 14. “Benny Hinn is veiy sincere,’ she said I would vouch foi him that he s a man of God He’s not a phoney.’
While Swaggart’s and bakkci s nigh Hying ministries were leveled by sex scandals, and Tilton eventually was brought down by reports of false prof ms es and a legal battu with his hist Aile, Hum has nipped over no
He has a charm and a charisma that some of the other televi sion evangelists don’t have,” Wmzenburg said “He’s no
threat He’s someone people feel that they can approach ”
The man who was the white suited inspiration for Steve Martm in the film Leap of Faith has been conducting public healings for nearly 30 years
Benedictus Hum, 49, was
born in Israel to a Greek lather and Armenian mother accord mg to the 199V book Religious Leaders of Amenca His inothei named him after Patriarch Benedictus of the Greek Orthodox Chut ch
As a boy, he was embai lasscd by a stuttering problem an impediment he say.-* Aas latei healed by God He attended Roman Catholic schools and marked his lust religious expert
ence at age 11.
“I saw Jesus walk into my bedroom, he writes iii He Touched Me, his 1999 autobiog-iaph) He was wearing a robe that was whiter than white and a deep ted mantle was draped over His shoulders.”
The family latei moved to Toronto where he was “saved,” an announcement that so baffled relatives that his father booked him an appointment with a psychiatrist. The defining moment in his life came in 1973 when he attended a service in Pittsburgh by the late faith healer Kathryn Kuhlman
It is often suggested that Hum has fashioned himself in her image, and he frequently mentions her influence. He has written a book about Kuhlman’s life but says he nevei knew her personally
He’s copied her aa almost to the letter,” said Joe Nickell, author of Looking for a Miracle. "She wort white gowns with gold trim. He wears white suits with gold jewelry
Hum has not joined the Evangelical Council for
Financial Accountability, a sort of I hnstian Better Business But eau to which evangelists such as Billy Gtahum belong. The council assesses the financial integrity of C hristian orgamza dons that join it
N01 has Hinn publicly acknowledged his salary, though he told CNN iii 1997 that his yearly income including book royalties was somewhere bel ween $500,000 and Si million USA spokesman has said Hum I gene 1 atej aDout $60 million a
year in donations.
Duce questioned about driving a Mercedes, he answered: “Where in the Bible does it say I have to drive a Honda?”
Skeptics’ objeaions go beyond big-time fundraising. They question his grandiose pronouncements, his motives and his so-called healings, which they say are potentially harmful for sick people who abandon conventional medical treatment. Hinn says he encourages people to keep taking their medicine and seeing donors.
“He’s a false prophet. He banks on the fan that people are going to forget what he has previously said,” said Hank Hanegraaff, who heads the California-based Christian Research Institute and is host of radio’s Bible Answer Man.
Hanegraaff notes that Hinn claimed that the world would end by 1999 and Cuban President Fidel Castro would die in the 1990s.
Hum, who once said women were originally designed to give birth out of their sides, is accustomed to having his declarations ridiculed.
“I do admit there have been times when I have made a statement that was incorrect,” Hum once wrote. “Because we are continually growing in the Lord, preachers and lay people alike must be open lo the Lord’s correction *
“However, I do not believe til is nght when a rn mister corrects his theology — or his view on a poult of Scnpture and the critics continue to bring up that same subjea.”
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Vickie and Chardon Fleuiy Ult pleased Lu announce the engagement of tho. daughter, Kaehelle Patricia Margaret to Scott Allen son ol Diane /ai n and 11 auk Scribner. The wedding will take place Saturday, July 20 2002 at Beulah MB
It lh with great plea.h ure that Kay Roberts ISL I and Fred Campbell announce their wod-mm ding. On May 18, 2002, Mrs. Jackie Moore
untied Ray and Fred in
marriage at the ti leu I Lea Golf and t ountry JHBI Club Attending Ray
and Hell wen deal triclida Jean aliet Geoigi Doole and Anita and Lew Stolider. Ruby
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the blessing. Approximately fifty relatives and othei friends enjoyed a delicious dinnei prepped and served by the Glen Lea staff D*w Sumner as MC welcomed the guests which included three people who were iii attendance at Kays and Fred .> first man luge.- At Kays, frank McManus and ut fred. his brother George and lisle 1 Conule Snail, rile tlupp) caliph look an Alaskan Cruise for their honeymoon h,.^ aud Fred will reside at 90 Falcon Crescent, Blandon. Ray aud Fred wish to thank all those who donated to the Brandon Sun Fund for Kids and to everyone who made this day so special.
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Bishops face years of work to end abuse
BY Kit HARD N. OSTLING
After then climactic decision to oust clerical sex abuseis from the daily lite ol mc church American Roman Catholic uiaiiups returned nome with years ol work still ahead if they die ii abate the molestation crisis.
1 nc> must now expel abusers from ponsnes and othei workplaces, and iii the lung term anend to the difficult task or tying down the many loose ends in then new reform policy Among the items on that “to do list
# Decide how to respond to bishops’ own misdeeds in handling abuse claims.
# Extend the bishops’ strict policy to clerics in the independent religious orders.
# Get Vatican approval that will make policy "norms,” the parts that atfea church law, binding on all U.S. dioceses.
# Try to calm evolving parishioner protest.
The policy, officially known as a charter, takes no action agamst bishops who ignored warnings and covered up for abusers, as critics complained. Church law already calls on bishops to report such failings by their colleagues directly to the Pope, though there’s no indication that has happened.
But a potentially important step was overshadowed in the tumult of thou Dallas meeting.
ban Francisco Aienoishop William Levada, a tonner Vatican official Chicago Francis Cardinal George and oth-.n developed a motion to “leview the role of bishops themselves and assure “oversight” of bishops “in the context of the present crisis ”
The bishops approved that vague proposal and handed the assignment to a committee of se ven bishops led by William Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., vice-president of the U.S. hierarchy. His panel will report to the bishops’ next meeting Nov.
Also, Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating heads a new National Review Board charged wall investigating past malfeasance and monitoring future compliance with the policy The one-time prosecutor says his board will ask Pope John Paul to remove individual bishops who shielded molesters because “they were obstructing justice 01, aiguably accessories to the crime.”
American lcligious oideis are another important aspect of the cleanup.
The 162 men’s ordeis include 15,200 pnests, about one-third of the U S total, and 5,500 biothers. Bishops and the “superiors' o* provincials who govern religious orders, shale supci vision ut those clergy
The bishops’ abuse committee will meet leaders of the c onferenee of Major Superiors of Men to determine how the policy can be “established” in men’s orders.
Vatican endorsement of the U.S. bishops’ 13 “norms’ is needed to make the reform policy legally binding. Decisions in Rome can drag on, and comments from Vatican insiders indicate there will be opposition
Deal Hudson, the cousci vative editor of Crisis magazine, spoke with several officials at the Vatican before the Dallas meeting He says Vatican insiders seem to misunderstand the U S. legal system, lack a sense of urgency about the American crisis and blame the scandal on the church’s enemies and media hype.
But Rev I homas Reese, of Amenca magazine, says the U S bishops' leaders are convinced that if Vatican bureau-ciais create obstacles they can go over their heads and obtam the Pope’s approval.
While the new charter includes some means for lay Catholics to have their voices heard, the Dallas meeting also showed the limits of lay input. Victims and commentators who spoke at the session were hand-picked by bishops, while var ious rank and file Catholic organizations were restricted to pronouncements outside.
ON THE NET:
Bishops’ Dallas documents:
http: / / w w w. use cb. org/ bishops/ index. htm
Heppner concert ‘(Souled Out’
HAMIL I ON ieiiui Ben He ppm. is appealing at Hamilton Place on Sunday July 7 dc pan of the oienniai General Assembly of I fit Christian ana Missionary Alliant rn Canada convention.
Heppner, one of the world’s foremost tenors, is an active member of this evangelical denomination and attended the denominational school Canadian Bible College in Regina.
His “Souled Out” concert will blend many musical styles from classical to contemporary to gospel. Joining him Will Iv Juno award winning gospel artist Sharon Riley and the Faun Chorale.
Heppner, winner ut Duih Gian u Ays aaa mn sand an office! rn die Ordei of Canada, is best known ten such challenging roles such as Wagner s frisian and Lohengrin He performs regularly with uiajoi viper a conipaiues in North Amenca and huiupe
I n e Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada has more than 400 churches and almost 120,000 members
Worldwide the Alliance has more than 18,000 churches rn 60 plus colin tnes foi a total of more than three million members and adherents.
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Philippi and kugenii Falaid al St i.uTiaiv along with Warren and Paulette Barbet and Jim Ferguson of Brandon are pleased to announce the upcoming wedding of their childteii Gabrielle (’leo and lames Robert on Iul> 13 2002 at St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church Gaby and Rob currently live in t aigary AB and look forward to returning home na their special day.