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yet what was once advertised as the top selling broadcast in Focus history has completely disappeared from the database with no explanation. [In 2009 an individual contacted the organization with an online inquiry asking about Tom Papania and forwarded to me the response he received.

In the June 2009 e-mail Focus representative Timothy Masters stated: "..have no desire to launch an offensive of any kind against Mr.

I processed quite a few orders myself for this particular item. It was later discovered that Tom Papania is a fraud. Part of Tom Papania's testimony was stolen from another man who filed a lawsuit against Focus on the Family which forced the ministry to discontinue the Papania tape and remove it from their catalog. They keep quiet about the issue and refuse to take the pro-active position needed to correct the problem.

But did the ministry ever issue a public apology on any of their radio programs or in their magazines for the role they played in promoting a liar? If you contact the ministry asking for the tape you will be informed that because of concerns with the accuracy of Tom Papania's testimony they have decided to no longer endorse the man. They don't volunteer it.) But what about the many thousands of people who bought the tape and think they possess a legitimate story of Christian conversion?

It featured the story of Tom Papania and was made available to the Focus constituency via an audio cassette tape titled "From Mafia to Ministry" for the suggested donation of .

For millions of supporters of Focus on the Family, including the large constituencies of Evangelical, Catholic and Charismatic believers the notion that there are catastrophic problems within a ministry they have been led to believe is helping to strengthen the family unit and spread the Gospel is often hard for them to grasp.

As a former employee and past supporter of this ministry I too at one time firmly believed that Focus on the Family was a God-ordained vehicle of truth and deliverance.

(Years later I would learn that the testimony disputing Papania's position in the Gambino family was from Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano -- testimony that was given in the summer of '97 at the Vincent Gigante trial and in Gravano's book "Underboss".

One of the things that concerned the Focus leaders is that Gravano, a long-time top man in the Gambino family, makes no mention anywhere of Papania which would not be the case if Papania was the high ranking member of the family he claims to have been.) What I heard from this person who told me I had to keep quiet about it (who said he wasn't supposed to give me this info) troubled me because at the time we at the ministry were still selling Papania's tape.

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