Thursday, January 22, 2009

More Priestly Malfeasance

Just what the Catholic Church needs.....

Two Roman Catholic priests have been accused of stealing $800,000 from the collection plate of their church in the US state of Florida.

One of the priests, Fr John Skehan, 81, abandoned his not guilty plea, but Fr Francis Guinan, 66, denies the charges.

It's allegedly worse.

US law - the statute of limitations - prevents the priests being charged with thefts that occurred before 2001. But the auditors say that up to $8m might have disappeared over a period of 20 years. It could be the biggest embezzlement case to affect the Catholic Church in the United States.