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Sister pleads guilty to stealing $128K from New York parishes

April 11, 2013

Sister Mary Anne Rapp, a member of the Buffalo-area province of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, has pleaded guilty to stealing $128,000 from two western New York parishes to spend on gambling.

“She's extremely remorseful, and she's done what she can now to address the underlying problem,” said her attorney. Under her plea agreement, she faces up to six months in prison and will be required to make “reasonable restitution.”


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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Apr. 15, 2013 10:44 AM ET USA

    "Standard Accounting Procedures" dictate that there be two individuals signing off on money transactions. AB Jose Gomez of L.A. has a degree in accounting. There should be like minded individuals in positions of authority which should include an "inspector general" to safeguard the integrity of the money giving process.

  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 11, 2013 6:10 PM ET USA

    "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." I am always amazed at my own tendency and the tendency of other Catholics to expect that the clergy and religious will not have the same human weaknesses as the rest of us. They have the same Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation as we do, and take no vow of perfection. The Church apparently did not condemn the Sister, but demanded civil justice and restitution. I somehow think that is what Jesus would have done.