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Toro rape victim has confrontation with UCC church in Florida

Monday, July 21, 2008



Angel Toro may have confessed to raping a boy 20 years ago, but the saga has not ended. On Sunday, the victim confronted Chapel on the Hill United Church of Christ in Seminole, FL that Toro last ministered and handed out flyers so the church could identify other potential victims (Toro's confession was related to a Methodist church in Wisconsin, not the church in Florida). As you can see from the video above, the confrontation didn't go well and the police had to be called.

This is a very sad story all the way around. The church should (if it hasn't already) take the necessary steps to make sure there are no victims at the congregation. Acting Sr. Pastor Martin Lewis' comment that "whatever happened in the past, we have no responsibility for" is accurate, but he does have an obligation to make sure that no one was harmed by Toro within the church. As far as the victim goes, he is obviously still dealing with what happened to him and should receive whatever pastoral help our church or any other church can offer. However, ambushing the church (apparently during a service) may not have been the most effective way to deal with this issue. In my opinion, it would have been much more effective to meet with church leaders to discuss his concerns for their congregation.

They all need our prayers.
posted by UCCtruths, Monday, July 21, 2008

1 Comments:

This is a very sad thing for all concerned. However, I was present when this so-called attack on the church happened. Mr. Guillen and his wife were actually only trying to speak with the congregation (after services) when a parisioner verbally attacked him and told him , "Why don't you get the f*** out of here?" The response to a man ordering him out of a house of God, in such a crude, nasty way was done out of shock. I can only imagine how the poor man must have felt. We should all pray for him and his family, and hope that there are NO other victims like him. My heart goes out to this man.
commented by Blogger johnleebishop, 11:29 AM  

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