Thursday, May 18, 2006

Roman Catholic Priest Resigns Amid Probe

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest resigned amid suspicions of financial wrongdoing and questions about his ``suitability for priestly ministry,'' church officials said Wednesday.

[The]...announcement came the same day a private investigator gave results of his investigation to Darien police. Investigator Vito Colucci Jr. said he documented at least $200,000 in church money used to pay for [Rev. Michael Jude] Fay's lifestyle with a male companion.

Money was spent on limousine rides, dinners at famous restaurants, cruises and gifts,...airline tickets for Fay and his companion from New York to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and a $2,600 ring bought at Cartier in New York.

This is roughly half of what Archbishop Weakland filched from his archdiocese, but then this is a priest and not a bishop. Maybe there is more yet to be discovered?...Will he and his "companion" be indicted and charged with felony theft? Did not Judas also (in contemporary new-speak) "appropriate funds" (or in truthful language - "steal") from the purse?

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