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Hit me again

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 21, 2005

Is there a psychologist out there who can explain this one to me?

If the police have the story right, the pastor stole $2 million from his parishioners, and used the money to live large. He bought a BMW for his young (ahem) handyman, who (ahem) lived in the rectory. And then...

[The county prosecutor] also said that a group of Holy Cross parishioners offered to repay the church the $2,034,428 that Hughes is charged with stealing, much of it plundered from fund-raisers, golf outings and charity auctions. In return, the parishioners asked that the prosecutor not seek a prison term for Hughes if he was eventually found guilty, or pleaded guilty, to the charges, Kaye said.

Why? I'm stumped.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 24, 2005 1:15 PM ET USA

    Could be that they found Hughes easy in the confessional.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 22, 2005 9:49 AM ET USA

    'Ordinary codependency.' That's a really nice way of saying their grubby little paws were also in the till.

  • Posted by: shrink - Jun. 22, 2005 7:44 AM ET USA

    Ordinary codependency.

  • Posted by: Psalms - Jun. 21, 2005 6:51 PM ET USA

    If the Parish agreed to prosecute, do they have a feeling that the hierarchy may retaliate by closing the Parish for lack of manpower? Also, we were told that only the Bishop can bring a law sute of this type against a priest. The Bishop in our diocese declined to do so and the priest is "in residence," serving at two churches after "treatment" for gambling.

  • Posted by: Janet Baker - Jun. 21, 2005 6:50 PM ET USA

    Why? It almost sounds like "battered wife" syndrome to me. Of course, what the parishoners are doing does also smack of criminal bribery. Perhaps that particular group should be investigated; could it be that they may really be concerned that any official investigation may hit too close to their own backyards? These are just some possibilities.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 21, 2005 2:15 PM ET USA

    Sounds like grand theft embezzlement to me. In our county a theft of this magnitude would fetch 2-3 years in state prison. If the prosecutor were to go for such a deal, he would be opening himself up to accusations that he is enabling thieves to buy themselves out of prison via their friends. Any judge who went for such a deal would risk defeat in the next election.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 21, 2005 2:00 PM ET USA

    With their misplaced gestures of charity and forgiveness, those sorry parishioners are merely acting out the roles of enablers.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 21, 2005 1:25 PM ET USA

    Sin is nomore. Bad judgments yes, sin no. Criminality is only in the ye of the beholder. These beholders are enchanted. I bet Rev. Hughes taught them over and over again not to be jdugmental. The quid pro quo seems to be, I abolish the 10 commandments and you wont press charges if I steal from you or worse.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 21, 2005 1:15 PM ET USA

    Stockholm Syndrome?

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