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Tenth Presby Philadelphia running $900k in the hole

Tenth Presbyterian Philadelphia

There’s a great story about the meltdown at Tenth Presby in Philadelphia, after Liam Goligher resigned amidst a wave of scandal, over at friend Dee Parson’s blog. We encourage readers to check out her comments.

Anglican Watch has long had a special interest in the case, because Liam Goligher’s efforts to falsely paint whistleblower Phil Snyder as threatening so closely mirror the experiences of our editor, Eric Bonetti, and perjuring priest Bob Malm’s fabricated claims that writing about Malm’s misconduct amounts to “domestic terrorism,” and “stalking.”

Much like the continuing implosion at Bonetti’s former church, Grace Episcopal Alexandria, we learned from Dee that Tenth is facing a $900K shortfall.

That’s hardly surprising as our experience is that PCA members tend to take their faith seriously. The waves of corruption and abuse under Liam Goligher, together with his ability to portray himself as an angel of light, would make most PCA members take a pass.

Episcopalians, on the other hand, love their clericalism and, like some of the childish and hateful pro-Goligher posters whose comments we nuked, will usually blame the whistleblower, talk about how he or she is “demented,” and other indicia of an organizationally narcissistic response.

Thus, our question is this: Will Tenth Presbyterian have the backbone to do what’s right, sit down with Phil, and make restitution for its misconduct? Or will us bloggers have to keep tugging until, like Samson, we pull the temple down around us? We strongly hope the church will have the integrity to fix its own problems and to show a sincere faith.

Otherwise, Tenth Pres is nothing but the Calvinist version of the Episcopal Church: Lots of Jesus-babble about love and forgiveness, but zero substance and no accountability.

We strongly suspect that, if the church comes clean, does a reset, and acts with integrity, it will find that the money is there. But if it “pulls a Piskie” and tries to ignore the situation or make excuses, it is doomed.

Feel free to quote us.



  1. Another question is: Will his PCA presbytery have the guts to defrock Goligher or try to hide behind a technicality? My vote is for hiding behind a technicality.

    He should not be allowed to quietly surrender his ordination. The presbytery should publicly declare they have revoked it and give the reasons why. IMHO.

  2. To be honest, I’m not sure who’s doing more harm: this church and pastor or your comments in your articles like the last one I read that says to “avoid this church like the plague”. Are you even a Christian organization Anglican watch?

    Yes, they need to repent and change and heal. And how are you helping them do that by posting horrible Articles like these? State the facts, but ditch the nasty judgment and don’t act like you are beyond temptation yourself people.

    1. When any church or organization allows people to be sexually abused; and where Goligher, McFarland, and Elzey have committed perjury against a member, Phil Snyder; you’re damned right we’re going to warn people away. And if you think warning people away from a dangerous situation is “nasty judgment” or un-Christian, all we can say about your purported Christianity is, “No thanks. You can keep it.”

      It’s milquetoast Christians like you, afraid to call a spade a spade, that are the reason that people are leaving organized Christianity in droves.

    2. Jesus had some pretty harsh words himself.

      “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?”

      “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

      “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”

      And Paul: “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?”

      So what’s a Christian?

    3. how many people who were not covered in grace report are victims of the leader’s at tenth. change only comes when a church who has a problem does something about it.I am a victim of the actions of those at tenth until this day. i also know of others that were not mentioned in the report that were run out of the church because they thought they could speak up about issues. GOD is GOD of light and he will expose the actions of the whole leadership.

    1. Wow! If Caroll Wynne has sent people for treatments at his handpicked psychiatrist, that is beyond appalling. Spiritual abuser in league with psychiatric abuser? That a recipe for deep traumatization. It would put the victims into so much trauma that they would be far less likely to continue to speak out and expose the evildoers.

      This is a tactic used by the cartel that practise Satanist Ritual Abuse. I know about it because I know survivors of that kind of abuse and I have read many accounts from other survivors. The cartel uses the mental health system to re-traumatise its victims so that they either take the own lives, or go back obediently to the cult, or are silenced through fear.

      Beware of mental health professionals who are in league with spiritual abusers!

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