Wednesday 7 October 2015

Call a halt to this white collar crime

Published 24/01/2009 | 00:00

When I was a little girl, growing up in a dusty little town, with an even dustier little Catholic church, on the edge of the Mojave Desert of California, it was always a "gimmee" that the pastor was helping himself to a little something out of the collection plate.

He was an unhappy man who drank and didn't seem to have much going for him; otherwise, why was he assigned to our poor little church?

It is only recently that we have learned about the (possibly) millions of dollars of church funds that have been siphoned off (stolen) by priests, nuns and some lay workers, to support what can only be described as hedonistic lifestyles; and that is only in the United States.

Now, from Florida, comes the story of Fr John Skehan and Fr Francis Guinan; the former a self-confessed thief of church money and the latter, not admitting to anything.

There was a time when we trusted our Catholic clergy with our lives and souls.

We are now aware of the possibility that the men inside the cassocks are not what we thought they were.

The days when Catholic priests and nuns could do as they please, and take what they please, are over.

Victoria Martin
San Pedro, California

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