Thursday, September 28, 2006

Yet Another Case of Corrupted Catholic Priests

As much as I love the Catholic church, I despise criminal priests who pop up here and there. Here's the latest case as reported by The Associated Press:

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Two Roman Catholic priests stole millions in offerings and gifts made to their parish over several years, authorities said Thursday.

Monsignor John Skehan, who was pastor at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church for four decades, was arrested Wednesday night on charges that he stole $8.6 million from the church, using the money to buy property and other assets, investigators said.
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The Rev. Francis Guinan, who succeeded Skehan three years ago, has disappeared and was being sought, authorities said. He is alleged to have stolen an unspecified amount of money to take gambling trips to Las Vegas and the Bahamas.

"Millions of dollars that should have gone to helping the homeless folks or the school itself" didn't, said Amos Rojas Jr., a special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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Nothing is going to replace the mistrust and disappointment of the parishioners in their priests. Hopefully, the new priest will be more trustworthy.

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