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the money trail

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 22, 2007

"In his 14 years as pastor, Father Moynihan has dedicated himself to deepening the faith of his parish family and displaying a genuine concern for the spiritual welfare of both young and old."

That's Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut, speaking to parishioners at St. Michael the Archangel in Greenwich.

Brace yourself. You know it's coming, right?

Good news: It's only about money.

Bad news: Lots of money. A half-million dollars are missing.

The diocese cautions all and sundry to realize that Father Moynihan may be guilty of nothing worse than sloppy financial management. (Really sloppy.) Having relinquished his pastoral duties he is now taking "a period of rest and reflection." Because as they teach students at the Wharton School, rest and reflection are the best methods of improving financial-management skills.

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  • Posted by: Sterling - Jan. 27, 2007 3:54 PM ET USA

    Really, I don't think I'm giving another cent to a parish until they have OUTSIDE auditors going over the books every year. I'll buy something they need instead - some new hymnals? COLLECTION BASKETS??? Folks, give checks. The Jews do it right. One a year (or several times) they give CHECKS, which are not theft-proof, but more difficult to pocket. This cash-in-the-basket once a week is an invitation to larceny and should not be allowed.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Jan. 27, 2007 10:02 AM ET USA

    Really, I don't think I'm giving another cent to a parish until they have OUTSIDE auditors going over the books every year. I'll buy something they need instead - some new hymnals? COLLECTION BASKETS??? Folks, give checks. The Jews do it right. One a year (or several times) they give CHECKS, which are not theft-proof, but more difficult to pocket. This cash-in-the-basket once a week is an invitation to larceny and should not be allowed.

  • Posted by: opraem - Jan. 24, 2007 8:04 PM ET USA

    two major embezzlements in such a short time, doesn't someone (hello, archbishop sambi?) question lori's competence as an administrator? and the reputation of the bishops sinks lower into the realms of the deep. pray for the church and her shepherds. but don't give the bishops any more money!

  • Posted by: Granny - Jan. 23, 2007 6:29 PM ET USA

    Greenwich had a piker. Our unamed parish "lost"1.5 million. Former Pastor is on sabbatical overseas. Bishop gave 350K for the regular bills. Other than that none of the unwashed know the details. Our newspapers were silent. Which is worse?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2007 10:20 AM ET USA

    From the second article linked: "The money came from one of two secret bank accounts containing parish funds that Moynihan had set up - and whose existence he denied after being specifically asked about them during an ongoing diocese audit, officials said." I'm thinking of writing Lori and asking if I can steal half a million $$, followed by a period of rest paid for by the diocese. Oh, wait, I'm not a priest and am therefore held to a higher standard of conduct.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2007 7:20 AM ET USA

    Those who give to the Church unthinkingly are contributing to her decline. The bishops we have, most of them, are mediocre, spineless men whose first loyalty -- and they repeat this endlessly -- is to "their" priests. "A bishop's relationship to 'his' priests is like that of a father to his sons." Another cliche, except in this one false: a father works to support his sons in every respect, including financially. Bishops these days are little more than self-righteous hucksters.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 22, 2007 11:02 PM ET USA

    Appalling that Bp Lori would put out such a ridiculous statement. Of course Moynihan should be prosecuted by somebody and imprisoned.

  • Posted by: pupil - Jan. 22, 2007 11:02 PM ET USA

    Friends, be charitable. Last year, this medium size diocese had just one case of financial scandal perpetrated by a homosexual priest. He moved out of state to better enjoy the fruits of his "work". So far this year, it is just one case of embezling. So be generous to the Bp. Annual Campaign. I know that sacraments received from a priest with mortal sin are valid. Thank the Lord. But I ask H. E. - can an unrepentant thief have "a genuine concern for the spiritual welfare..."?

  • Posted by: BostonBlackey - Jan. 22, 2007 6:52 PM ET USA

    At the very least this is grand larceny and Fr. Moynihan should be brought to trial to defend his theft of this parish money. Of course, his Bishop, will not bring charges against him but MAYBE the Feds will since he, like Al Capone, did not pay federal taxes on the money. Render unto Ceasar...

  • Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY - Jan. 22, 2007 5:48 PM ET USA

    Does "rest and reflection" equal "prayer and Penance" ala Law & Lavada?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 22, 2007 5:08 PM ET USA

    And once again, "The allegations were first reported on Sunday by The Greenwich Time and The Advocate of Stamford." Familiar? Question: If the Boston Globe didn't hate the Catholic Church, would there have been a sex abuse scandal? Or would the abuse still be going on?

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