Oct 21, 2018

CultNEWS101 Articles: 10/22/2018

Cult Leaders, Aum Shinrikyo, Japan, Legal, Mia Farrow, Maharishi, Catholic Church, Sexual Abuse

" ... Regardless of the goals or nature of their cult, most cult leaders behave the way they do in order to cultivate and maintain a power imbalance, Dr. Lalich says. If their followers never know how they are going to react to something, they're in control. If their followers don't know when they'll make their next appearance, they're in control. If their followers can't guess what their next demand will be, yes, they're still in control."

"NHK has obtained documents on the executions of the leader and 12 former senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult. The Justice Ministry released the documents through the information disclosure system. But most of the details have been redacted, including the discussions about the death sentences that were carried out in July."

" ... Shizue Takahashi, a representative of the victims of the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, says there is not enough information in the documents to determine whether legal procedures were followed correctly."

Academia: How have the Jehovah's Witnesses adapted child safeguarding practices and guidance to local circumstances in the United States of America, England and Australia
"How have the Jehovah's Witnesses adapted child safeguarding practices and guidance to local circumstances in the United States of America, England and Australia"  76-page PDF

"At the Maharishi’s compound in Rishikesh, India, by the way, Farrow did find that his practices helped her regain a foothold in the world. But soon the calm of his ashram was shattered by the arrival of the Beatles—photographers scrambled into trees trying to get a shot. In the days that followed, the Beatles wrote “Dear Prudence” for Farrow’s sister. Then, after a private meditation session, the Maharishi made an unwelcome advance on Farrow. “Suddenly I became aware of two surprisingly male, hairy arms going around me,” she writes. She immediately left the ashram. And in keeping with the ways Farrow’s life has twisted through a trivia night’s worth of events, this encounter also set in motion the Beatles’ break with the guru. Their song “Sexy Sadie,” about a woman who made a fool of everyone, was originally titled “Maharishi.”

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, D.C.

"Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, D.C., the Vatican said on Friday."

"Wuerl, 77, who was bishop of Pittsburgh between 1988 and 2006, has been under scrutiny over his handling of sexual abuse cases during that period. He keeps the title of cardinal."

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