Church offers aid to accused molester

Mar 28, 2007 Read more: The Indianapolis Star 1,207
A Carmel church wants its members to show love and forgiveness to a former elder accused of molesting a 3-year-old girl, causing the child's family and others to leave the congregation. Read more
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hoosiergamomma

AOL

#2 Mar 29, 2007
CHILD ADVOCACY...this story illustrates the urgent necessity in our society to protect, through education and legislation, those who have the fewest rights and protections and who are the most vulnerable...our children.
Joe S

United States

#3 Mar 29, 2007
Van Gorp should be given the 108 year sentence with no possibility of parole. Also, he should be housed with a very young 6-8, 300lb. bubba in his cell. This after having has his privates removed.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#4 Mar 29, 2007
counseling for a 3 year old. Give me a break.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#5 Mar 29, 2007
These days, you would not caught me babysitting with any child alone. No way.
knasmiley

Syracuse, NY

#6 Mar 29, 2007
Sad sad sad story, once again religion and common sense hit head on and you see what happened. These people should be ashamed, but thier not cause of this sick twisted view that they SPIN. It took the catholic church how many years to come clean, not all but alot of this religious stuff is crap. Its about money and I find it funny that the mans wife works inside the church and they come to their defense. I wish I lived in indy still, I would be visiting that church thats for sure. I hope someone pickets or something to let these people know just how SICK they are. God is watching and one day will come when they cant hide behind their SUNDAY cleansing and will ahve to reap what they sew...........
steph

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Mar 29, 2007
I have been there on many occasions and enjoyed the services. But I do NOT think I will be returning. That evil man has taken away the girls innocence. If it was my child, I would not rest until something was done!
Indy-Taz

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Mar 29, 2007
Jail time is to good for him!!!
A 35cent bullet would be more like it!!
Jim Barnes

United States

#9 Mar 29, 2007
I am very saddened about this tragic situation. I've known the Van Gorps for nearly twenty years, and am very disappointed with Terry's behavior. However, let's not condemn College Park Church for offering help to his family. The congregation is not taking a liberal attitude toward the crime and the criminal. The leaders acknowledge the need for justice to be served. Terry, whom I've known for nearly twenty years, will pay for his crime, and the church will offer help to the families involved. There will be no soft peddling by the church leaders regarding this situation. The church and the courts will perform their duties.
Former Pastor Kimber Kaufman did not resign because of this problem, but because of a serious long-term health problem.
Annoyed

United States

#10 Mar 29, 2007
The child should come first to the church, forgiveness is one thing but it doesn't mean you keep in contact or support the accused person.

The child and the family of the child should come first, their spiritual and financial needs for counseling should be the main focus now.

I could understand the church offering spiritual help to the accused's wife, as long as she did not know that her husband was capaple of doing such a thing.
Its called grace

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Mar 29, 2007
Its called grace people. Their are quite a few different issues going on here -
You have aiding the child and her family - this should be first and foremost
Then you need to make sure that the children are secure - which is appears the church has done
You need to know grace to the accused, much as our Father in Heaven will show each of us grace, and part of this is forgiveness.
Get the Facts Right

Michigan City, IN

#13 Mar 29, 2007
The article incorrectly suggested Kaufman stepped down as pastor because of the child molestation issue. Kaufman instead has had long-term health problems that finally caused him to resign.
MichaelR

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Mar 29, 2007
And gee..what do you want to bet that (as I have seen in another well known Baptist Church) there was an insert in the bulletin last week from Advance America urging everyone to be good "Christians' and come down to the statehouse and protest the "perverted gays" that are "ruining America"..

Imagine..mercy for someone who molested a 3 year old child but no mercy for gays (or those terrible "liberals").
Southpaw

United States

#16 Mar 29, 2007
Jim Barnes wrote:
I am very saddened about this tragic situation. I've known the Van Gorps for nearly twenty years, and am very disappointed with Terry's behavior. However, let's not condemn College Park Church for offering help to his family. The congregation is not taking a liberal attitude toward the crime and the criminal. The leaders acknowledge the need for justice to be served. Terry, whom I've known for nearly twenty years, will pay for his crime, and the church will offer help to the families involved. There will be no soft peddling by the church leaders regarding this situation. The church and the courts will perform their duties.
Former Pastor Kimber Kaufman did not resign because of this problem, but because of a serious long-term health problem.
I have been a member of College Park Church for ten years and I know Jim Barnes comment is the true version of this story, rather than the one the Star printed. This situation is NOT being taken lightly by anyone in the church. If Terry is found guilty and is truly repentent, God will forgive him, but there are consequenses for sin. In this case, the consequenses will be a long prison term.
usmc

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Mar 29, 2007
A "hospital for sinners" ? Looks like the patients are running the insaneasylum .
Molester Hater

Chicago, IL

#18 Mar 29, 2007
This moster has crossed the line. The church has choose to support this creep. Maybe the people of Carmel should protest in front of the church. I bet then the so called suppoters would not be caught dead coming are going in and out of this church.
Jess Tice

Fort Wayne, IN

#21 Mar 29, 2007
Dear Church Congregation,
You people disgust me if you give this scum bag any assistance. He has given up his rights to receive your prayers and/or forgivness. May he die in prison after serving the res of his life in the hole. What a low, disgusting man he is.
BRUCE

AOL

#22 Mar 29, 2007
knasmiley wrote:
Sad sad sad story, once again religion and common sense hit head on and you see what happened. These people should be ashamed, but thier not cause of this sick twisted view that they SPIN. It took the catholic church how many years to come clean, not all but alot of this religious stuff is crap. Its about money and I find it funny that the mans wife works inside the church and they come to their defense. I wish I lived in indy still, I would be visiting that church thats for sure. I hope someone pickets or something to let these people know just how SICK they are. God is watching and one day will come when they cant hide behind their SUNDAY cleansing and will ahve to reap what they sew..........
alot of em cant hide now....look at the misery.unhappiness and hypocricy so many in our society endure...yet they will all tell you that in god we trust...what a joke
Jdw

Fairport, NY

#23 Mar 29, 2007
Being the victims father, I would like to know where the "Aid" to the victim from the church is. It is a total lie from the church staff to say that they have helped the victim. They should be ashamed that they have not only lied to the church members, but also to the media.
Whooppee

Scottsburg, IN

#24 Mar 29, 2007
Boy, I can see from the postings that there are a bunch of people who need to get to a good church to understand why these folks are reacting to the incident the way they are.

First, it appears the incident happened outside of the church, so you can drop the Catholic comparisons...

Second, it's easy to love and forgive people who do no (obvious) wrong, but it's a true test of faith if you try to also minister to someone who commits this despicable of a crime. Remember Jesus telling the angry mob to let the person without sin cast the first stone?

If you want to be a good Christian, part of the role is to act upon others based on love, not anger. If your brother committed this act, you would be hurt and angry, but he is still your brother.

Whether you agree with the concept or not, these folks appear to be trying to be good Christians by looking out for the spiritual welfare of both the victim and the abuser. The courts will take care of the abuser in life, and God will handle the matter after that.
JDub

Fairport, NY

#25 Mar 29, 2007
The truth is, that the same "WISE" men who are embracing the child molester at College Park forced Kimber Kauffman out, but they have misled the congregation about that issue too.
The Pharisees embraced the criminal, and crucified Jesus. Who is in charge at College Park?

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