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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 11, 2005

Rebuilding trust the Boston way.

Yesterday the Herald reported parishioners who have occupied Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Boston since Oct. 12 will present a case to the attorney general alleging "financial mismanagement" of their church by the Rev. Francis de Sales Paolo, pointing to more than $200,000 in missing money.

Paolo, now a pastor at St. Margaret's in Buzzards Bay, told the Herald, "As far as I know I didn't steal any money. I can't remember."

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 14, 2005 12:33 PM ET USA

    Well, if he went to confession every week like he's supposed to, he would have remembered.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 11, 2005 7:11 PM ET USA

    He should have said that "Yes I used it for several things not necessarily on the Parish behalf." He may have gotten off like the priest in the Springfield Illinois diocese that was not prosecuted [Bishop Lucas would not prosecute] and is "in residence" at another parish. He is suppose to pay back the over $200,000 that he took to the diocese so that the diocese will pay back the parish. In your dreams!!!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 11, 2005 7:00 PM ET USA

    I must differ with latinae. This man with the poor memory is certainly fit for the episcopacy. We have a Cardinal here on the opposite coast from him with the worst of all possible memories. Who is rumored to be thinking of himself as eligible to swap his red hat for a three-level one.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 11, 2005 12:21 PM ET USA

    Your honor: "As a pastor of Our Lady of Oil Exploration, I have many varied responsibilities for offshore drilling, treasury, foreign exchange management, capital expenditures (offshore oil platforms), given the topline revenue of USD $2.3 billion, I have difficulty remembering a $200k misappropriation. Perhaps you could speak to my VP Finance and CFO."

  • Posted by: shrink - Mar. 11, 2005 11:44 AM ET USA

    "...I can't remember." So many parishes! So many accounts! Who can recall what one does in so many places!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 11, 2005 10:41 AM ET USA

    Our Lord ran into the same problem with the money changers at the Temple.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 11, 2005 9:49 AM ET USA

    This is like telling the IRS that you "forgot" to file your tax return. Is this guy really a Catholic priest?

  • Posted by: Phil - Mar. 11, 2005 9:36 AM ET USA

    Obviously this is another instance of bad record-keeping-- which we already know was a major problem in the Boston archdiocese.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 11, 2005 9:31 AM ET USA

    "I didn't steal any money.", I would normally take at face value until their was proof to the contrary. But when he immediately adds, "I can't remember." he just supplied all the proof I would need. Obviously, this Pastor is not chancery or episcopal material; he hasn't learned the rudiments of lying, of when to stop talking.