the unprofitable CEO

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 09, 2006

A truly novel defense, submitted by the priest who spent a decade or so siphoning of funds from his Florida parish.

A priest who allegedly misappropriated millions of dollars from a Delray Beach, Florida, Catholic church has told police he saw himself as the CEO of a multimillion-dollar company who wasn't properly compensated.

Father Skehan would not be the first pastor to think of himself as a corporate executive. Nor would he be the first corporate to justify skimming off the treasury because, by golly, he's worth it. But the combination is instructive.

Actually, Father, some corporations are willing to pay a bit extra for CEOs who don't steal. Funny, but that extra expenditure can justify itself. Because, as things turn out you did take home as much as a CEO for a multimillion-dollar corporation.

But please don't worry, Father. Because now you're going to be properly compensated.

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  • Posted by: Sterling - Oct. 13, 2006 8:54 PM ET USA

    Yes, but whatever the salutary effects of a part-time job at Walmart, the fact is (I think!) that a priest does not have this option.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2006 7:26 AM ET USA

    Actually, I think a little moonlighting at Walmart like some of the rest of us might be more what St Paul would have approved. I wonder how many on this list worry about payong the heating bills or getting that old car fixed. Hmm

  • Posted by: Sterling - Oct. 10, 2006 6:08 PM ET USA

    I think most of us - and I daresay even God - would not quibble with a priest sneaking a little extra from the till if he couldn't make REASONABLE costs. Say his car needed work from traveling back and forth across a large area to say masses, and the bishop was only reimbursing him five cents a mile or something. He'd have a real gripe. After all, priests can't moonlight at Walmart for extra cash. That I'd understand - wouldn't you? But what we are talking about here is VERY different, yes?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2006 1:36 PM ET USA

    Yes Hannah, these priests as unholy as they might be can still consecrate the Eucharist as long as they use the right matter (bread and wine according to Church specifications) and the right form (words of consecration) and have the intent to do what the Church does in the Eucharist. Christ's ability to dispense grace through the sacraments is not based on the worthiness of the minister but on His power, though Our Lord does require some minimal cooperation on the part of the priest (see above)

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2006 11:22 AM ET USA

    I have a question maybe someone could answer....all the while these unholy holy men were saying Mass, were they still able to consecrate the Eucharist?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2006 11:18 AM ET USA

    Matthew 16:26

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - Oct. 10, 2006 9:14 AM ET USA

    Many, many years ago, when I was much more naive and a bit more judgemental, I made a comment about the inpropriety of priests and Religous going to extravagant restaurants. I was told, "It's little enough compensation for the unnatural life we lead." I was scandalized then but never in my wildest imagination did I think the problem would become so widespread and corrosive. "Put not your trust in princes, in whom there is no salvation."

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2006 12:47 AM ET USA

    Okay Father, you are a corporate CEO. Now, what does your corporation produce? I see, it produces saved souls. So, Father if you justify your theft as "appropriate CEO compensation," how many souls have you saved or have been saved by those in your employ? Now, before you answer that question... stop and think very carefully. Remember those bothersome theology classes? That's right. ZERO. Jesus saves and he doesn't work for you.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Oct. 09, 2006 8:52 PM ET USA

    Father Skehan must have meant to say that he sees himself as a comedy writer who wasn't properly compensated.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Oct. 09, 2006 8:35 PM ET USA

    Father Skehan must have meant to say that he sees himself as a comedy writer who wasn't properly compensated.