Friday, July 18, 2008

Lutheran Pastor Accused of Child Rape

Our gorge is rising.  One Peter Pilger, who has served various congregations in the ELCA's Northeast Ohio Synod, is in court today, arraigned for three felony counts of attempted rape and single counts of rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition. He is accused of abusing his stepdaughter, now 12, over a period of six years.

That means he began when she was six.

Bishop Eaton read a statement which offered prayers for the victim and her family, as well as for Pilger and his family. She did not specify what those prayers were, and we have one that comes readily to mind: "Almighty God, you have promised us that vengeance is yours and you shall repay. Now would be a good time."

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