Roselle priest placed on administrati...

Roselle priest placed on administrative leave

There are 89 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 30, 2008, titled Roselle priest placed on administrative leave. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Church officials have placed a Roselle Roman Catholic priest on administrative leave after he allegedly misappropriated $112,000 church cash to fund a gambling habit, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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Garry N

Chicago, IL

#25 Jul 30, 2008
there are plenty of people other than priests that have been caught stealing from churches. Bookkeepers have also been caught writing checks to themselves. Whether they go to jail is not important. That is a long process. Paying the money back is more important.
Recovering Catholic

United States

#26 Jul 30, 2008
As a member of this parish I hope that someone gets it together and sends him to jail. We shell out THOUSANDS of dollars each and every year for school and the church. If I stole $112,000 from my job what do you think would happen? Something tells me that my boss wouldn't be putting me in counseling.

At the end of the day this was a person who stole a tremendous amount of money over a very short period. He needs to go to jail, not say he's sorry and get transfered somewhere else to do it again. Priests need to be held accountable just like everyone else.
Drop that rock

Chicago, IL

#27 Jul 30, 2008
YuckYuckYuck wrote:
I am so done with the Roman Catholic Church. It has outlived its usefulness to humanity. I'm shocked, after all that's happened, anyone can still be SHOCKED!!! Priests need to be able to marry, because women can help civilize them. Even gay partners might be a help. Where is the love of GOD?
From TV: I'd like to meet the guy who saw Christ on the Cross and said "that would make a nice necklace."
Jim Bakker, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, Oral Roberts University, Robert Tilton, just to name a few of our wonderful "Christian" brothers. Put down that stone you're getting ready to throw, hun.
The biggest question in all of this is - Where was the parish coucil through all this and what about the parish bookkeeper? Even an idiot should be able to catch a $120,000.00 difference over two years.
To whoever posted the account number above: if it's real, you're a felon - the law is called the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and you just violated it. If it's not, you're simply stupid and could be forgiven.
Garry N

Chicago, IL

#28 Jul 30, 2008
I am just saying that financial criminals do not go to jail all the time, whoever they are. Victims and jurys and judges would rather they stay out and work and pay the money back. The jails can be saved for the violent criminals.
Drop that rock

Chicago, IL

#31 Jul 30, 2008
Drop that rock wrote:
<quoted text>
Jim Bakker, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, Oral Roberts University, Robert Tilton, just to name a few of our wonderful "Christian" brothers. Put down that stone you're getting ready to throw, hun.
The biggest question in all of this is - Where was the parish coucil through all this and what about the parish bookkeeper? Even an idiot should be able to catch a $120,000.00 difference over two years.
To whoever posted the account number above: if it's real, you're a felon - the law is called the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and you just violated it. If it's not, you're simply stupid and could be forgiven.
Correct that to $112,000.00. Sorry about the typo.
Drop that rock

Chicago, IL

#36 Jul 30, 2008
marla wrote:
Not a bit surprised.A friend of mine
left St.Walters because a priest
whom she went to in time of family
problems.The old guy tried to hit
on her in his office.She still feels
emotional pain because she trusted
him.
I seriously need to know what that story has to do with the price of tea in China except that you mention St. Walter's. Did "the old guy" reach into her purse? I can tell you that "the old guy" was not Fr. Regan because he is in his 40s.

Can we stay on topic here?
Tim Navin

Naples, FL

#37 Jul 30, 2008
I knew him. He is a good man and does not deserve the sad things said about him in this blog. He is a man with a problem. Help him, pray for him and hope the same thing doesn't happen to you.
Stephanie

Westmont, IL

#38 Jul 30, 2008
The problem is nobody wants to check on "Father". Most involved parishioners are older and we grew up in a "Father Knows Best" atmosphere. No one would have dared challenge a parish priest. My experience in volunteering at my current and past parish is that the volunteers are old, have been entrenched a long time and "that's how we've always done it" and they block anyone out who is new or is open to change. I dropped out of all activities because of the venom filled committee meetings. Bishop Sartain has been a breath of fresh air in the Joliet Diocese - I hope he can clean up the mess.
rjinchitown

Chicago, IL

#39 Jul 30, 2008
Those catholics are a funy bunch - between pedophile cover-ups, being led by a former nazi, getting publicly invovled in the political arena and down right old world values, seems strange that they continue to pass judegment onto others.
Drop that rock

Chicago, IL

#40 Jul 30, 2008
Recovering Catholic wrote:
As a member of this parish I hope that someone gets it together and sends him to jail. We shell out THOUSANDS of dollars each and every year for school and the church. If I stole $112,000 from my job what do you think would happen? Something tells me that my boss wouldn't be putting me in counseling.
At the end of the day this was a person who stole a tremendous amount of money over a very short period. He needs to go to jail, not say he's sorry and get transfered somewhere else to do it again. Priests need to be held accountable just like everyone else.
The bank has to report this kind of activity to law enforcement. He will be brought up on charges if the authorities find it appropriate. They will not just forgive him - the way he (or someone like him) did the last time you went to confession.

This one will be out in the open because people care more about their money than they do their kids.
News Flash

Canada

#41 Jul 30, 2008
I say give him another chance, his numbers will come up eventually,then he will build a new church, with 6 bingo halls, then he will be the hero. Welcome to Fantasy Island
Drop that rock

Chicago, IL

#42 Jul 30, 2008
Tim Navin wrote:
I knew him. He is a good man and does not deserve the sad things said about him in this blog. He is a man with a problem. Help him, pray for him and hope the same thing doesn't happen to you.
Correct. Things will take their course. The only thing that makes this worse than it happening anywhere else is the word "Father" in front of his name.
Drop that rock

Chicago, IL

#43 Jul 30, 2008
rjinchitown wrote:
Those catholics are a funy bunch - between pedophile cover-ups, being led by a former nazi, getting publicly invovled in the political arena and down right old world values, seems strange that they continue to pass judegment onto others.
Clarification please - exactly who just passed judgment? I think the mirror is in your bathroom if you need a hint.
ripley

Dublin, CA

#45 Jul 30, 2008
"I am a former friend of John's. I'm totally stunned at this news. Reading the Trib's headline, I never would have imagined the story to be about my former friend."

"Thou shalt abandon your friends in their time of greatest need if their behavior gets, like, embarassing"

Revelations.
Drop that rock

Chicago, IL

#47 Jul 30, 2008
moquif wrote:
<quoted text>
If I stole $112000 from your church, taking it away from whatever it would have went for, would you be my friend?
As for casting the first stone; sinning is breaking a religious rule. Since Atheists are not religious we don't have religious rules to break. Therefore we cannot sin against any religion any more than a non-Jewish cannot sin by eating ham and cheese sandwich. This means, Atheists are without sin. Can I throw rocks now because stealing that much money to gamble is just plain wrong?
Actually, a sin is defined as breaking a religious or moral rule. I can only assume that you are amoral as well as an atheist in order to be without sin. Therefore you are likely of little significance on this topic since you have nothing of value to add to any discussion of something you can't experience. To most of us, this was morally reprehensible.
Not Blinded

Lake Zurich, IL

#48 Jul 30, 2008
For all those who are hoping he gets help and are praying for him, see previous scandal re: kids and how well that worked out. I agree with the others, I would be surprised if he sees jail time. Sure the church got the money back from insurance, but hey there, guess who pays that? Uh, huh, that's right, it's that collection basket you're filling. Why don't Catholics question priests? The same reason they don't see logic in most things church related - it's ingrained that they will roast/rot/ whatever in hell if they even question anything that goes on. Sheep, flock, yep, it all fits.
aggin

Chicago, IL

#49 Jul 30, 2008
you can look at the comments about this post and see why priest get away with molestation
Garry N

Chicago, IL

#50 Jul 30, 2008
If you dont think people are questioning Catholic priests, you should look at the PADS forums that have been out here recently.
The Bloody Snowman

United States

#51 Jul 30, 2008
What is this administrative leave garbage? This criminal needs to be in JAIL. Enough of the church molly coddling their bad boys.
Crime is crime no matter if it took place in Walmart or St. Walter Church.

It sure is convenient for the judicial system and the church to be able to pick and choose which criminals are punished by the church and which by the judicial system. The state's is not much better but at least it is not hidden away and covered up.

Church justice is a farce. This is why there needs to be separation of church and state.
Garry N

Chicago, IL

#52 Jul 30, 2008
Garry N wrote:
there are plenty of people other than priests that have been caught stealing from churches. Bookkeepers have also been caught writing checks to themselves. Whether they go to jail is not important. That is a long process. Paying the money back is more important.
Thats all I have to say on the matter. Good luck putting any financial criminal in jail.

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