Priest dismissed from Episcopal Church after panel finds misuse of funds
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#1 Mar 22, 2014
This should not suprise anyone who goes to or has gone to this church. Corruption is the name of their game. The vestry should be punished too. They continue to put priests with questionable pasts into positions of power.
Look at the history of this church (Because I used to be a member). Back in the early 2000's there was another, major incident involving the members who continue to support this crook. A certain well respected minister (who shall remain nameless) was banished from the church. It all was over a vote for an openly gay bishop in Massachusetts. These same people openly accosted this minister in the middle of church services using very foul language and homophobic rants. They even went to the length of accusing him of stealing. To compound the issue, some of these certain church members (one whos husband was the US Ambassador to a certain country in Europe) went as far as to try and put child pornography on the ministers computer to frame him. They also broke into the churchs business office to hijack the personal letters to be sent out to members of the congregation. They took these letters and put in a 10 page packet explaining "anyone who supports this minister and his choice to support a homosexual is a sinner, homo lover and going to hell". They committed a crime
#2 Mar 22, 2014
Why does any church allow any member of the clergy to have "discretional" spending money? Anything that is needed can be purchased by an elected officer of the church. Any legitimate business expenses can by paid by the clergyman via credit card and turned in to the treasurer for reimbursement, which is authorized to make payments for budgeted expenses. If the treasurer has any questions, they can ask the full council or board.
#3 Mar 24, 2014
First - any funds in the discretionarly account come from specifically designated giving.
Second - the funds are available to meet an emergency (homelessness, etc.) where the rector wants to and needs to respond quickly.
Third - the use is not public so that a temprorarily embarrassed member or neighbor does not become the brunt of gossip.
Fourth - because it is designed to meet emergencies, these ar things that can't be budgeted or anticpated. It is not for business expenses.
It is not ideal and it can be abused, but on balance, it is probably not a bad thing to have some funds avaialble for such emergencies.
“... truth will out.”
Since: May 08
#4 Mar 26, 2014
Every church has "emergency" petty cash on hand for everything from more coffee cups to a destitute walk in.
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