Pastor Michael Guglielmucci has shocked his flock of faithful at the Edge Church International in Australia that he is not dying from cancer and that he used the fraud to hide a 16-year addiction to pornography. Guglielmucci is internationally known for his hit song, Healer.
The minister explained in an interview that “[t]his is who I am … I’m addicted to the stuff, it consumes my mind … I’m sick and this is why I had to come up some sort of explanation of what was happening in my body.”
He says that his loss of hair and constant vomiting were physical reactions to the addiction — a curious notion. He says that he not only lied to his congregation with falsified emails from non-existent doctors but to his own family, including his father who founded the church. For a video of Guglielmucci discussing his cancer, click here.
There remains the question of criminal fraud and possible civil liability for Guglielmucci.
Guglielmucci was something of a religious sensation after he wrote the hit song Healer that has become popular worldwide. For a video of his playing the song, click here. It is a rather limited piece, but notable for its chorus: “I trust in You” — a reference clearly to the Almighty and not the Minister.