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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | May 23, 2005

The Boston Globe has a story on a lay push for a probe into the handling of donated monies on the part of the Archdiocese of Boston:

The heart of the complaint is the accusation that the archdiocese diverted about $4.5 million donated annually by parishioners over 16 years for the priests' pension fund, which is now badly underfunded.

So the question, lads, is this: Did you divert the $4.5 million?

"The Archdiocese takes up special collections for many purposes including support for our clergy," Chancellor David W. Smith said in a statement released by the archdiocese.

Great. We believe you. But did you divert the $4.5 million?

"Each one of those collections is remitted exactly as we represent it will be.

Wonderful. We believe you. But did you divert the $4.5 million?

"Both the Archdiocese of Boston and the clergy funds are audited on an annual basis ..."

Outstanding. We believe you. But did you divert the $4.5 million?

"...and at no time have any of the audit firms raised any questions whatsoever about our handling of these funds."

I repeat the question.

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  • Posted by: - May. 24, 2005 9:59 AM ET USA

    Mr. Dave Smith deserves close watching. Bishop O'Malley will never get any traction as long as he continues to defer to these sly operators. God bless the bishop despite all.

  • Posted by: opraem - May. 23, 2005 11:20 PM ET USA

    $4.5 million times 16 years equals $72 million. the archdiocese has just announced it has an $80 million shortfall in its priests' pension plan, and may cut or eliminate benefits. the numbers seem awfully close, even for the boston chancery folks. pity the poor priests who have given their lives for God in the boston church. they may have to live in penury while cardinal law collects his 100,000 euro stipend as arch priest in rome. there are probably more shoes to drop.

  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2005 3:54 PM ET USA

    I always thought that outside of school tuition All funds received by the Archdiocese were donated funds. On the other hand who was their auditor - Arthur Anderson or another soon-to-be bankrupt firm?

  • Posted by: RC - May. 23, 2005 3:05 PM ET USA

    'These kinds of accusations are troubling and somewhat sad," said Terry Donilon, spokesman for the archdiocese. 'This is an archdiocese which works incredibly hard to overcome all that it's been through in recent years." Of course. Let's all just move on. Anyway, the Archdiocese has a layman as chancellor. I wonder if that tells us who the Archdiocese will throw to the wolves for this scandal.

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