Fallen Religious Leaders

Fallen Religious Leaders

A Gallery of Fallen Religious Leaders

In the wake of the recent scandal involving Pastor Ted Haggard, the people of New Life Church in Colorado Springs are grieving and grappling with how to make sense of what their religious leader has revealed to them: He is guilty of "sexual immorality," he is a "deceiver and a liar," and he purchased methamphetamine from a gay prostitute who claims he had a three-year relationship with the evangelical leader.

While the news shocked his followers, the New Life community is not the first to learn that its religious leader engaged in behavior contradictory to his teachings.

Click through our photo gallery to learn about other fallen spiritual leaders and how their communities coped with the revelations.

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