Down to the Wire: Just $6,062 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Las Vegas priest claims gambling addiction prompted thefts

Catholic World News - January 03, 2012

A Catholic priest in Nevada who reportedly stole $650,000 from the Church has asked a judge for leniency in sentencing, explaining that he was addicted to gambling.

Father Kevin McAuliffe entered a guilty plea on mail-fraud charges, thus avoiding prosecution for more serious theft charges. His attorney has introduced expert witnesses to testify that the priest is a pathological gambler. Addiction to gambling is a widespread concern in the Las Vegas area.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($55,052 to go):
$150,000.00 $94,948.13
37% 63%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jan. 03, 2012 8:49 PM ET USA

    Well,thieves go to jail for theft. There are 12 step programs for gambling,unfortunately the gambler thinks like the alcoholic, he is special. Leniency would do him no favor.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The gift of orthodoxy: A mercy and a challenge to mercy November 26
Getting Marriage Right November 25
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. November 25
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg November 25
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said November 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25