DeNaples' priest had deep debt

DeNaples' priest had deep debt

There are 95 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jan 3, 2008, titled DeNaples' priest had deep debt. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

On a take-home pay of $880 a month, the Rev. Joseph Sica amassed debts of $218,000. And he owed the vast bulk of the money -- $148,000 -- to a bank chaired by his friend, Louis DeNaples, owner of Mount Airy ...

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john

Mechanicsburg, PA

#2 Jan 3, 2008
the priests not the people pork

“AOL? Seriously?”

Since: Jul 07

Pawleys Island, SC

#3 Jan 3, 2008
So much for that vow of poverty.
sal

Mechanicsburg, PA

#4 Jan 3, 2008
then we will find out he is on the dope
edgar

Mechanicsburg, PA

#5 Jan 3, 2008
they should give him a job at luzerne county court house
Jim

Tobyhanna, PA

#6 Jan 3, 2008
I have to say Matt B. is a terrific news writer. We miss him up in the Poconos. This story is starting to raise question marks with me.
Local

Northampton, PA

#7 Jan 3, 2008
Ah, it's just another diversion, politics as usual...

“Trying to do the best I can.”

Since: Jul 07

Lehigh Valley, PA

#8 Jan 3, 2008
Another black eye for the catholics out there who really question everything they have been taught.

I know people make bad decisions and one bad priest doesn't make the rest bad. But what I really want is the R.C. Church to admit that they let this priest fall through the cracks in their own church.

If they can't take care of one of their own, how the heck are they going to take care of us??
Tony from Scranton

Naples, FL

#9 Jan 3, 2008
Slow news day for you slouches. Fr. Sica is a terrific man and does not deserve any of this. Lou is a terrific man as well and likewise should not be draged through the mud so you guys could write some "Sopranos" peice. Go to Hollywood if you want to write about the Mafia.
Newsy

Allentown, PA

#10 Jan 3, 2008
I am tired of the Morning Call thinking anthing about a priest is automatically interesting. Get over it and give us real news!

Since: Apr 07

Lehigh Valley

#12 Jan 3, 2008
heheh, "his financial hole"

quick, call the pope on his vatican hotline!
Harold Times

AOL

#13 Jan 3, 2008
If you don't like the MC coverage of the DeNaples saga go to philly.com and you can read the same thing. You won't find it in any Scranton Wilkes Barre paper.

Since: Feb 07

Pen Argyl, PA

#14 Jan 3, 2008
My favorite thing about this whole situation is how all the northeast PA people come out to defend these degenerates. They are truly the ones responsible because they have stood by for years and allowed these people free reign up there. I have a number of friends that know these guys and defend them, even though they are obviously "connected". They are so trained by years of this that they side with these criminals.

If Scranton/ WB is OK with organized crime, that's one thing. But it's another when it starts to invade our town. Thank god for the Morning Call and the Dauphin DA! He is doing the right thing and I really hope he gets convictions on these cases.

Oh, and by the way, the reason you don't read about this stuff in NEPA is because these guys own the paper.
Wheres Ron Mania

AOL

#15 Jan 4, 2008
He usually waits for the story to build in intensity before he comes out with his veiled threats.

The same with Tony, only he's harmless. He isn't up on the news

All the deleted comment's about Sica and DeNaples have been copied and appropriately labeled for future reference.
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Korea

#16 Jan 4, 2008
Congrats to Attorney General, Dauphin County DA, and State Police officials who recently retired and brought all of this to light.

Next thing is to go after Rendell and his connections to this and his connections to the Philadelphia Merlino crime family.

PA is rotten politics and needs to be cleaned up and people going to federal jails. Hopefully, the US Attorney General is also looking into this and the role the former US Attorney for Scranton area played in all of this also.
Fight the druggies

Shenandoah, PA

#17 Jan 4, 2008
David J Bhaltazhar Esq wrote:
I've never seen so much $h*t in one toilet.
~xXx~
David J. Bhaltazhar Esq.
Internal Affairs
Vatican City, Rome
There would be even more, if you'd bathe in there. Along with a bunch of pond scum

Since: Mar 07

Allentown PA

#18 Jan 4, 2008
So what did he spend the money on ?

So much for a vow of poverty
Carbon County

Stroudsburg, PA

#20 Jan 4, 2008
Doesn't anyone in the Catholic church oversee these priests?
LMT

Northampton, PA

#22 Jan 4, 2008
The general consensus is that the Mount Airy casino is crap - small, awkward, and terrible comps.
I can't wait to find out how many politicians the mafia man bought out in state government. The priest is pathetic. All that debt must be related to drugs. There are few ways a priest can spend all that money. And isn't gambling against the Catholic faith? The priest, always at the mafia man's side, should know this.
Put these low-class relics of the past in jail and throw away the key. Losers.
Carbon County

Stroudsburg, PA

#23 Jan 4, 2008
LMT wrote:
The general consensus is that the Mount Airy casino is crap - small, awkward, and terrible comps.
I can't wait to find out how many politicians the mafia man bought out in state government. The priest is pathetic. All that debt must be related to drugs. There are few ways a priest can spend all that money. And isn't gambling against the Catholic faith? The priest, always at the mafia man's side, should know this.
Put these low-class relics of the past in jail and throw away the key. Losers.
I don't know about gambling being against the Catholic faith. I know that they have run bingo games for over 40 years. Sold lots of tickets to win booze and had all kinds of gambling games and beer at their church picnics.
procopp

Ephrata, PA

#24 Jan 4, 2008
You really have to feel sorry for the people of PA. However, they're not unlike many sheeple who live in the interior parts of our country. Their lives are consumed with their very close and indiginous surroundings. They, for the most part are a resemblance of what the entire country was like many years ago when you lived your entire life where you were born. Your kids went to the same schools that you did and your parents and grandparents did. They worked in factories where generation after generation worked. These are truly quality values, values I personally wish we all still had. America was a better place back then. But, time has moved on and without most of PA. The "controllers" of those days walked on water no matter what they did because as bad as they were they seemed to somehow give something back. There power was entrenched and it took near miracles for a person who might have come from a poor or outcast family to overcome there imposed destiny to fill the seat of whatever your parents were. People like DeNaples and his "priest" buddy are such figures in a community like WB/Scranton. However, and maybe not to the liking of the indigenous community things are changing. The fact that this is in any newspaper is proof positive that this old guard is on its way out!! But, be careful what you wish for because what will follow will not be better it will be worse, far worse!!

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