Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Even if every Christian fails

Australian pastor Michael Guglielmucci told worshippers, friends and his own family that he was sick. It turns out he was telling the truth. But what he tikd them was a lie. He said that he had cancer. He even performed his hit Christian song Healer while wearing an oxygen tube. He now says the problem was porn adiction and that everything else was a ruse to hide his real problem. An article in Australia's Herald Sun reported,
DISGRACED pastor Michael Guglielmucci has finally told of fabricating a terminal cancer battle to hide his 16-year obsession with pornography.

"This is who I am ... I'm addicted to the stuff, it consumes my mind,'' he said of pornography in his first interview on Today Tonight since the story was first revealed on AdelaideNow last week.

"... I'm sick and this is why I had to come up some sort of explanation of what was happening in my body.''

Pastor Michael GuglielmucciThe shame of his addiction manifested itself physically, resulting in him losing his hair and purging his body.

"I don't know how you can fake vomiting all over yourself night after night after night, I'm not that good an actor,'' he said.

To conceal the two-year cancer lie which he hid from his wife and family, he sent phoney emails to his loved ones from non-existent medical practitioners.

"I've been living a lie for a long time,'' he said.

"I've been hiding who I am for so long. "I can honestly say to you that the last two years have been hell for me physically, emotionally, but I never sat down and said ... let's try and fool the world.''
I don't care to cast stones. He made his claims. He's been forced to tell the truth and will now live with the consequences.

The video above is an angry one with text over the screen as the pastor introduces his hit song with words from Isaiah's propehcy about Jesus. Here's the thing...even though Pastor Guglielmucci lied about cancer, it doesn't make Isaiah words a lie or Jesus' life, ministry, death and resurrection a lie. We Christians will let one another down. We will fall short of the glory of God. Yet, even if every Christian fails to follow Christ fully, it merely means we fall short, not Jesus.

The yoth pastor is reaping what he sowed. I will not add the sin of judging to his sins of lying and others. I pray that he will be healed—really truly healed in body, mind and spirit. I also pray that those hit hardest by his lies will also find healing and forgiveness.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor



  • At 8/27/2008 6:52 AM, Anonymous kelly said…

    In reality, the pastor has a devastating sickness/addiction that is just as bad as alcohol and drug abuse. It consumed him, and when he lied, he was under the influence of his addiction/satan and at his weakest point. Like every addict, he had to hit rock bottom before he could finally face the truth.

    He did eventually face the truth about his addiction and confessed his sins. I forgive him. It appears that he suffered great physical and emotional turmoil during this ordeal.Now the pastor, his family, and everybody he lied to are at the point where healing can begin-- with forgiveness.

  • At 8/27/2008 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm not so sure I completely agree with Kelly's comment. It did consume him and when he lied he lied with full knowledge of his actions. This addiction may be a disease but he made these decisions/choices willingly.

    His addiction is not the same thing as Satan. To blame it on Satan goes too far plus Satan didn't need his help he was doing a good job on his own of disgracing himself and his so called convictions. To hold him in anything short of full accountability does him a terrible diservice.

    Imagine for a second just how far he went to cover his tracks. An oxygen tube? Using God's word to continue his lie. Maybe some jail time would be appropriate.

  • At 8/27/2008 11:29 AM, Anonymous kelly said…

    Satan does take advantage at our weakest moments,especially when there is addiction. Most addicts do make poor choices and decisions. Look how far an addict will go to lie, steal and cheat to cover and support the addiction.

    There are people who are not addicted to anything that lie, steal and cheat too. All sinners make the choice to sin willingly.

    Its all sinning. But, the difference is in the sinner who is willing to finally admit to his sins and change for the better.

    I'm not saying that justice shouldn't be served. It should. So should forgiveness be served in order to facilitate the healing in all who were hurt by the pastor and his sins.


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