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March 3, 1988 | BY CAL THOMAS
Less than a week after admitting to an unspecified sexual sin, the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart spoke by telephone with his former colleague, the former reverend and current presidential candidate Pat Robertson. Robertson indicated that he hoped that Swaggart would soon return to the pulpit to continue his "ministry. " It is peculiar that Robertson, who so often railed against the consequences of sinful behavior on his television program, would suggest that a week of repentance and reflection by Swaggart ought to be enough to satisfy both God and man. Those who have "fallen" in politics and business don't rebound that quickly.
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March 7, 1988 | BY ROBERT C. MAYNARD
Beware, my father always used to say, of the morally obsessed. Their obsession with the behavior of others often masks their own dark compulsions. People who constantly condemn a particular form of misbehavior often are struggling against those very inclinations. Tragically, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart is the latest example of my father's theory of obsession as the mask of degradation. For several years, Swaggart condemned his colleagues Jim Bakker and Marvin Gorman for their alleged sinful digressions.
NEWS
April 4, 1988 | BY MIKE ROYKO
Jimmy Swaggart, the TV evangelist with a roving eye for lewd women, says he's going to return to preaching in a few weeks despite what his church elders say. They want him to hush up for at least a year and spend two years being counseled about straying from the path of righteousness. As you recall, he strayed all the way to those seedy motels. But Swaggart has decided that a year or two is too long for his flock to be deprived of his spiritual guidance. So he's going to get back to the pulpit in May. And I don't blame him. Why should he be singled out for sterner punishment than is meted out to others in his line of work?
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February 26, 1988 | BY MIKE ROYKO
It has the makings of a political bombshell - a high-level Washington mystery worthy of the best-seller list. The question: Did the forces of Vice President George Bush somehow arouse Jimmy Swaggart's libido, driving the TV preacher into the clutches of a harlot and public disgrace? No, this is not the product of my demented mind. It originated, more or less, with Pat Robertson, one of Bush's political rivals. Robertson suspects that it's far more than mere coincidence that Swaggart's sex capers became public knowledge shortly before the Super Tuesday primaries.
NEWS
February 14, 1988 | By Carol Morello, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a remarkable sight, on several levels, as television preacher Jimmy Swaggart's bayou baritone boomed from a wall of loudspeakers erected in Plaza de la Revolucion Friday night. Here was a conservative evangelist, who oversees a high-tech television empire reaching 90 million people, preaching to 10,000 Nicaraguan evangelicals from a place called Revolution in a nation whose leaders are Marxist- Leninists. In a country where the simplest commodities can be scarce and electricity is severely rationed, the plaza was ablaze with floodlights, enabling a television camera to capture Swaggart's show and beam it back to the United States.
NEWS
February 28, 1988 | By Art Harris, Washington Post
According to those who inhabit the seedy strip of no-tell motels along Airline Highway, where the neon lights flash adult movies, water beds and rooms by the hour, he pursued a secret life. At times, he wore hats, or sunglasses, or headbands, combing his blond hair down in front, "as if he were hiding," says a woman who has been registered for some time at Tony's Motel as Peggy Carrier. When checking in, he always "used the girls' names to register," never his own, according to "Mr. Mike," the owner of four cut-rate motels along the strip.
NEWS
October 15, 1991 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributors to this report include the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Post, the New York Times and USA Today
Jimmy Swaggart and his people maintained silence yesterday about his latest peccadillo, but a 20-year friend of the TV preacher said he would leave his ministry. "I fully expect him to resign," said the Rev. Don George of Irving, Texas, noting that he spoke with Swaggart's family Sunday. The evangelist's son, Donnie, told reporters that his father would make a statement today or tommorrow. Swaggart, 56, stopped by police Friday for minor traffic violations in India, Calif., was found to be riding with a self- acknowledged prostitute.
NEWS
August 2, 1988 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters and USA Today
Jimmy Swaggart, with 350 followers, on a week's tour of the Holy Land, told Jewish settlers on the West Bank yesterday that God is on their side. But the disgraced preacher warned his audience that no one should put much stock in his endorsement because "I might do more harm than good. I'm a bit controversial. " Piped up a listener: "So are we. " Replied Swaggart: "That's why we're such good friends. " He cited the Old Testament prophet Amos as the authority for Jews' rights to the biblical lands.
NEWS
April 2, 1987 | BY MARY MCGRORY
The nation's No. 1 scandal, the Iran-Contra affair, seemed to set a standard for preposterousness that could not be duplicated. But the No. 2 contender, a holy mess in televised evangelism, is matching the front-runner in the large particulars in what could be called a miraculous way. In both cases, there is an idol whose feet of clay are showing because he has committed the transgression that is least easily forgiven. Reagan sold arms to the country that Americans hate most; Jim Bakker, the ideal husband, dallied, as we are all demurely putting it, with a 21-year-old church secretary.
NEWS
March 24, 1988 | By Nancy Scott, Special to The Inquirer
More than 50 years ago, when Sister Marie Aquin was deciding to enter a convent, one thing she sought in an order was one that would allow her to live in a religious community and teach. "I think that even if I didn't enter a convent, I would have been a teacher," said Sister Aquin, a faculty member at Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill. Despite her 50 years as a teacher, her passion for her profession has not dimmed. And that has helped her earn the honor of the Philadelphia archdiocese's Distinguished Catholic Educator of the Year.
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August 15, 2009 | By John Timpane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
America: land of second chances. Quarterback Michael Vick has just gotten his second chance, signed Thursday by the Philadelphia Eagles after 18 months in prison on a dogfighting rap. Now he's going on CBS's 60 Minutes tomorrow (7 p.m., CBS3) to talk with interviewer James Brown - and to deliver a somber, earnest apology. It's a great American tradition: Redemption by Mass Media. One excerpt has Vick saying this about his illegal dogfighting: "It was wrong, J.B. And, you know, I feel tremendous hurt behind what happened.
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October 18, 1991 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributors to this report include the Associated Press, Reuters, New York Daily News and New York Times
Jimmy Swaggart - back in the pulpit a day after son Donnie announced that his father would temporarily step down - told his Baton Rouge, La., congregation Wednesday night that he returned on God's direct orders. The TV preacher said he couldn't sleep Wednesday morning and tried reading the Bible but couldn't. "I closed it and whimpered like a little hurt dog, 'God, if you're there, if you're really there, tell me what to do,' " Swaggart said. He added that he drifted off to sleep but when he awoke "the Holy Spirit was rolling all over me" and he was told to return to head his Family Worship Center.
NEWS
October 15, 1991 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributors to this report include the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Post, the New York Times and USA Today
Jimmy Swaggart and his people maintained silence yesterday about his latest peccadillo, but a 20-year friend of the TV preacher said he would leave his ministry. "I fully expect him to resign," said the Rev. Don George of Irving, Texas, noting that he spoke with Swaggart's family Sunday. The evangelist's son, Donnie, told reporters that his father would make a statement today or tommorrow. Swaggart, 56, stopped by police Friday for minor traffic violations in India, Calif., was found to be riding with a self- acknowledged prostitute.
NEWS
July 8, 1991 | The Inquirer Staff The Associated Press contributed to this report
A preacher who supplied photographs of evangelist Jimmy Swaggart with a prostitute outside a motel goes to court today to press his $90 million lawsuit claiming that Swaggart conspired to ruin his ministry. But the New Orleans trial pitting Swaggart against rival evangelist Marvin Gorman will be a little less steamy, since a judge has barred Gorman from bringing up Swaggart's sex life. The two fallen ministers for the Assemblies of God were swept up in sex scandals that came to light in the wake of the one that brought on the downfall of PTL leader Jim Bakker.
NEWS
February 22, 1989 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today and the New York Daily News
More bad news for Jimmy Swaggart. The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday gave the go-ahead to a $90 million lawsuit against the TV preacher by defrocked New Orleans evangelist Marvin Gorman, whom Swaggart accused of adultery three years ago. Swaggart tried to have the suit dismissed on the ground that it involved the courts in church matters. Without comment, the high court let stand a lower court ruling that Gorman could sue for defamation, libel, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
NEWS
February 7, 1989 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were Associated Press, United Press International and Reuters
Johnny Paycheck, led out of court in handcuffs yesterday, was sentenced to 7 to 9 1/2 years in prison on charges stemming from a 1985 shooting in a Hillsboro, Ohio, bar. The country-music star was convicted in May 1986 of aggravated assault and tampering with evidence in the shooting of Larry Wise, 40, who sustained a minor head wound. Paycheck, 50, who contended that the shooting was an accident that happened when "I was beginning to fear for my life," was initially sentenced just after his trial.
NEWS
January 31, 1989 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International and Reuters
While a lawyer for Jimmy Swaggart yesterday promised a "mammoth" lawsuit against Penthouse magazine for publishing a new account of his alleged sexual escapades, the National Religious Broadcasters expelled the TV preacher for being harmful to the organization. Attorney Dennis Brewer said Swaggart denies ever meeting Catherine Kampen, who said in the March issue of Penthouse magazine that she had a 10-date affair with him between July 1987 and January 1988. Kampen, 38, a New Orleans housewife, said she was working as a "strip- o-gram" performer when she met Swaggart.
NEWS
August 2, 1988 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters and USA Today
Jimmy Swaggart, with 350 followers, on a week's tour of the Holy Land, told Jewish settlers on the West Bank yesterday that God is on their side. But the disgraced preacher warned his audience that no one should put much stock in his endorsement because "I might do more harm than good. I'm a bit controversial. " Piped up a listener: "So are we. " Replied Swaggart: "That's why we're such good friends. " He cited the Old Testament prophet Amos as the authority for Jews' rights to the biblical lands.
NEWS
April 4, 1988 | BY MIKE ROYKO
Jimmy Swaggart, the TV evangelist with a roving eye for lewd women, says he's going to return to preaching in a few weeks despite what his church elders say. They want him to hush up for at least a year and spend two years being counseled about straying from the path of righteousness. As you recall, he strayed all the way to those seedy motels. But Swaggart has decided that a year or two is too long for his flock to be deprived of his spiritual guidance. So he's going to get back to the pulpit in May. And I don't blame him. Why should he be singled out for sterner punishment than is meted out to others in his line of work?
NEWS
March 24, 1988 | By Nancy Scott, Special to The Inquirer
More than 50 years ago, when Sister Marie Aquin was deciding to enter a convent, one thing she sought in an order was one that would allow her to live in a religious community and teach. "I think that even if I didn't enter a convent, I would have been a teacher," said Sister Aquin, a faculty member at Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill. Despite her 50 years as a teacher, her passion for her profession has not dimmed. And that has helped her earn the honor of the Philadelphia archdiocese's Distinguished Catholic Educator of the Year.
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