Financial Investigation Under Way For...

Financial Investigation Under Way For St. Dunstan Catholic Church

There are 48 comments on the ClickOnDetroit.com story from Aug 3, 2007, titled Financial Investigation Under Way For St. Dunstan Catholic Church. In it, ClickOnDetroit.com reports that:

“The Detroit archdiocese sent in an audit team and, although they are no longer on site, their final determinations are not yet complete”

St. Dunstan Catholic Church is under investigation by the Detroit archdiocese for financial irregularities. via ClickOnDetroit.com

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Dennis Murphy

Sterling Heights, MI

#1 Sep 23, 2007
It appears that once again the Catholic Church is involved in a cover up. There has been little info about the situation at St. Dunstan and the Church has not let any of the parishoners talk to Fr. Don Demmer and we have on idea where he is,they said we can send letters and cards but must leave them the parrish office and no one has recieved a reply that I know of. There is aromor that some of the letters are being opened by another priest and screened that is handling the parrish. This week a letter was read in church by the Bishop that said Fater Don has resigned. Why is it that the parishoners are unable to meet with Fr. Don?
The church claims he is on a medical leave. But there has been reports by some that he is well and wants to come back to the Parish. I think your investigators at should look into this.

A concerned member of St. Dunstan

Mr. Dennis Murphy
28713 Alvin Garden City Mi.
Millie Tyszkiewicz

Garden City, MI

#2 Sep 28, 2007
As a member of St. Dunstan's since 1966, we have watched the parish grow. The warm friendly personality of Father Don Demmer is the force behind that growth. He leads the parish and is always there for you. He married all 4 of our children, all of them baptist at the parish and all who grew to love and respect him as someone who cared about you. He is the reason we go to church as we truly enjoy his sermons and presentation of the mass. It hasn't been the same since he was forced to resign. I would hope that the archdiocese would show the love and compasion that Father Don has and return him to "His People"
Laura of Livonia

Lima, OH

#3 Sep 28, 2007
I am not a member of St. Dunstan's Parish; however, I've watched over many years how the AOD has treated good priests. Detroit is not alone in its treatment of good priests. I know personally of more than one good priest that was castigated. Evidently, the reasons for Downtown's vindictiveness is money that they could not get their greedy hands on! The hotshots on Wash. Blvd. and in Plymouth Twp. operate on the rule that is in Rome --- OMERTA!
That is the common word for the gangsters in Detroit as well as in Rome, they operate under the rule of gangsterism. From the one who carries the title of Msgr. all the way to the top depicts laziness and a lack of academic credentials. The hotshots could not have accomplished what your pastor has done for twenty years. While I am a dedicated Roman Catholic these actions against Fr. Demmer is not surprising to me. Thirty-five years ago, my father instructed me and my sisters to hit them where it hurts the most --- in the pocketbook!
If a defense fund is set up for Fr. Demmer to get his good name back, I'll gladly contribute as will my adult children. Look how they treated, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton when they evicted him, also. The Powers that Be in the Detroit Archdiocese are nothing but thugs. It is impossible for a leopard to change its spots.

These same Powers in the AOD just stole 13 million from the coffers to build a marble mosoleum in D.C. and put the people in hock for another 30 million. My solution to this whole mess is to for everyone,including the Cardinal, Bishops, be fingerprinted to prevnet child molestation. In my view, they got a free pass, why? Another gripe of mine, while little grade schools such as Our Lady of Loretto in Redford had to close as well as many others, the dingbat that resides in Plymouth Twp. proudly announced in the past few weeks, that he or the Archdiocese is opening what sounded like an ultramodern school with all the bells and whistles, most likely for non-Catholic children.
JACQUELYN FRONCZAK

Troy, MI

#4 Oct 4, 2007
I think the Archdiocese is an utter disgrace. The way they have handled this situation and treated Fr. Don - SHAME ON THEM!!!! I personally have left messages for the bishops with no return calls which I didn't expect one. COWARDS!!!!! You bring in a priest from another church to supposedly fill-in and all he does is ridicule and put-down Fr. Don. Why? Because he wants the St. Dunstan Community to come to his parish. NOT A CHANCE!! The St. Dunstan Parishoners would NEVER become followers of him. Fr. Don was the BIGGEST BLESSING we could have ever asked for at St. Dunstan. To all of you that have done this horrible thing to him - your judgement day will come - remember that. Father Don - if you read this, my prayers and love are with you in this terrible ordeal you are going through. Your entire parish family misses and loves you and wants nothing more than to have you back with us.
JACQUELYN FRONCZAK

Troy, MI

#5 Oct 4, 2007
I am from Westland, Michigan - not Troy. I think we need to get a petition started and send it to the Pope. Obviously, these bishops and the archdiocese are incapable of handling this situation.
John the non-baptist

Ann Arbor, MI

#6 Oct 5, 2007
First, I am not a member of St. Dunstan's but thought I should chime in as my parent's are members. Father Don was instrumental in helping my mother fight and survive her bout with a severe illness. His kindness, care and attention was a routine part of her road to beating back the disease. I have also watched him perform baptisms for my nieces. He is what a priest should be. I think the Archdiocese has been disingenuous and downright deceptive. Maybe they should ask, "What Would Jesus Do?" Would Jesus deceive members of his congregation? Would Jesus hide facts? Perhaps the Archdiocese needs to re-evaluate who they are and who they server. If they truly served the people, they would be forthright about Father Don and not engage in 21st century spin. I think the parishioners should continue the fight on his behalf.
Chris the Catholic

Vancouver, WA

#7 Oct 10, 2007
I have no proof one way or the other if Fr. Demmer has done anything wrong or not. But we do have the word of the AOD that he is at least partially to blame because "In the case of St. Dunstan's, the audit has shown Father Demmer did not follow archdiocesan policy". Before anyone casts stones at the big bad AOD in defense of "nice" Fr. Demmer, can anyone offer any proof? Haven't we learned by now that even "nice" priests are capable of some pretty bad things? Again, I'm not saying that Fr. Demmer is guilty of anything, I'll let those with the knowledge of the facts sort that out, but he is hardly proven "innocent" because he is known as the "nice" priest.

Before we go ragging on the AOD how about we get some facts first?
no name Garden City MI

Murfreesboro, TN

#8 Oct 14, 2007
The parish of St.Dunstan Catholic Church wants Father Don back. The Archdiocese is not being fair to him. People have protested and sent letters to them, but they don't answer at all.I thought that they were suppost to teach us how to trust in everyone in the world, but all they are doing is the opposite. They have given us Father Scott and Father Manny but all they have done is change the rules around. They have fired the religious ed teacher ,so the childeren that want to learn by someone they trust they can't because of what they have done to our church.They treted Father Don to leave.I have to ask "do you really want them to lead us"? We love Father Don and me and the other people of the parish will fight until we win. We love you Father Don!
no name Garden City MI

Murfreesboro, TN

#9 Oct 14, 2007
If you do start a petition i will sigh it.
Penny

AOL

#10 Oct 14, 2007
no name Garden City MI wrote:
If you do start a petition i will sigh it.
I believe by sheer numbers we have sent a message to the AOD. I am so proud of all of us. Fr. Demmer what a blessed day to see you and Lucky. I bet we can count on one hand the number of parishoners who WERE NOT THERE TODAY. The tv coverage was great. We will be blessed. Got to go, candle time. Come join us in the garden of the church for just a few minutes, we have lots of candles. 8 p.m. Put a yard sign out, speak up it is our church. God be with you all.
Proud Parishioner of SDCS

AOL

#11 Oct 15, 2007
Father Don is a good man. Father Don is a good Leader. Father Don can be trusted with children. Father Don could be trusted with funds.

Father Don deserves to be home with his parishioners. We miss him. We Love him. We have Faith!!!
long gone

Westland, MI

#12 Oct 16, 2007
no name Garden City MI wrote:
The parish of St.Dunstan Catholic Church wants Father Don back. The Archdiocese is not being fair to him. People have protested and sent letters to them, but they don't answer at all.I thought that they were suppost to teach us how to trust in everyone in the world, but all they are doing is the opposite. They have given us Father Scott and Father Manny but all they have done is change the rules around. They have fired the religious ed teacher ,so the childeren that want to learn by someone they trust they can't because of what they have done to our church.They treted Father Don to leave.I have to ask "do you really want them to lead us"? We love Father Don and me and the other people of the parish will fight until we win. We love you Father Don!
Why don't you try to find out the real story before you make comments about other priest.
You our lucky to have any priest at your parish.
Nobody wants to come to your parish after the way you treated the Bishop and the priest that were send there to help out.
I was at there on the weekend the bishop was there to try to explain to all you what had taken place at your parish and some of the people did nothing but yell and scream and swear at the bishop.
All this happen after your parish asked for some answer to the problem.\By the way the AOD didn't ask Fr. Demmer to leave he leafed on his own. The Wednesday after morning mass and no one know were he went several weeks.
By the way FR. Scott and Fr. Manning are doing their best but that's not good enough for some of the people at your parish. You would probably have trouble with God at your parish.
JACKIE

Troy, MI

#13 Oct 18, 2007
Long Gone - Go back to your church and take your priest with you. Don't come to St. Dunstan if you don't like it. Do you think we are going to cry over it or you? Fr. Don DID NOT leave on his own - get your story right before you start babbling on. Your opinion and petty little comments are a pathetic cry for attention. Go back to the place you crawled in from. LOL!!!!

Since: Jun 07

Ruby,MI.

#14 Oct 18, 2007
Judgment is up to the Lord...not you or you or me.
JACKIE

Troy, MI

#15 Oct 18, 2007
OK - THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT. WE NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT JUDGING OVER GOD - PAY ATTENTION!
long gone

Westland, MI

#16 Oct 18, 2007
No one said I was from the so called parish you told me to return. I happen to to be from your parish and not to proud of it right now.
And for your information you still don't know what your talking about.
It's not attention I seek it's the truth which is something you people can't face up too.
You think your priest is some kind of God.
That is a shame for all of you think so and belong to his little cult.
Jackie

Oak Park, MI

#17 Oct 18, 2007
Well then walk away and don't let the door hit you in your ___!!!!! I don't know what I am talking about - sweetie, I know way more than you even could possibly dream of knowing. Cult? You are a complete FOOL with a capital "F". Would you like an escort out of St. Dunstan? I could find about 2000 volunteers that would enjoy and savor the moment. As for the Bishop, he deserved anything and everything he got. How do you like that out of my Catholic mouth??? What was your name? Long gone - so original. Make good on it and leave - I will be shedding a tear. LOL!!!!!
long gone

Westland, MI

#18 Oct 19, 2007
So I am a complete fool (ah) I could be worse.
If you please let clear somethings up.
First and foremost no one said Fr. Don wasn't a good man or priest.
The fact is that he is the head of St. Dunstan's and is responsible for what happens at St. Dunstan's.
Therefore it is his job to keep a check on things and the bank statements.
You should also know that went any type of money lost or not payment of federal taxes or michigan state taxes is a federal offense and punishable by federal law.
Therefore Fr. Don could have been put in jail by the federal government but Thanks to the AOD this didn't happen because they pay the amount that was owe to the government through CSA funds.
Which is something Fr. Don never contribute to. How Ironic the very money he didn't send to AOD bailed him out.
It is require by federal law went something like this happens that the person in charge be remove for what ever reasons.
Hopefully this will help everyone understand this problem better.
If you and many others who are upset because of what then instead of screaming and name call why don't you just pray for Fr. Don and help your parish out.
Maybe if you and the others put your effort in trying help your parish out instead of this nonsense. You would heal faster and so would Fr, Don.
JACKIE

Troy, MI

#19 Oct 19, 2007
We do not need a legal lesson especially from someone like you. You mind your own business about how we handle and do things. We do not need YOU telling us how to pray and who to pray for. You have left St. Dunstan so go and don't concern yourself with Father Don anymore. Just remember to not be so quick to judge - your judgement day will be coming too.
detroitwheel

Toronto, Canada

#20 Oct 19, 2007
To the parishioners at St. Dunstans: accountability. Remember Truman? "The buck stops here." Your Pastor stole from the parish. Now the AOD (and the rest of us in the diocese) have to foot the bill. There is no doubt in my mind that your Pastor manipulated his secretary to fuel his addiction. If a lawyer steals money from your mother's estate, what happens? The lawyer gets disbarred and goes to jail. Why should it be any different for priests?! Oh, he's going to get his alright and his sorry, ignorant loyal parishioners will be the first to bail when the bill comes due.

Hasn't the sex abuse scandal in the AOD taught you anything?

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