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Priest indicted in Edgewater church theft
Chicago Tribune ^ | August 9, 2008

Posted on 08/10/2008 10:42:26 AM PDT by Gamecock

A Chicago-area Roman Catholic priest was charged Friday with stealing from his former North Side parish.

Rev. Steven Patte, 64, pleaded not guilty in Cook County Circuit Judge William Lacy's courtroom....

The eight-count indictment charged Patte stole a little more than $12,000 from St. Ita's Parish....

A Chicago police detective who belonged to the parish's finance committee grew suspicious about accounting discrepancies and placed a marked $100 bill in the collection plate, sources familiar with the case said.

Later, when the bill disappeared, Patte was confronted and allegedly admitted that he took the money for his personal use, the sources said.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: priest; thief; wwjd

1 posted on 08/10/2008 10:44:14 AM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

Doesn’t it all depend on what the definition of “Vow of Poverty” really is?


2 posted on 08/10/2008 10:49:22 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Gamecock
an accusation proves nothing.

Still, some I've come to expect about anything from Chicago's clergy.

3 posted on 08/10/2008 10:49:34 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Opinions are better when informed by facts. As a secular priest he most likely never took any “vow of poverty”


4 posted on 08/10/2008 11:11:33 AM PDT by VidMihi ("In fide, unitas; in dubiis, libertas; in omnibus, caritas.")
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To: VidMihi

It must be Sunday, the Lords day...Christians staying at home to provide any dirt they can find on the Catholic church.... in Jesus name...amen.


5 posted on 08/10/2008 3:46:20 PM PDT by Radl
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To: Gamecock; Coleus; Religion Moderator; Alex Murphy

So Coleus isn’t allowed to report the horrific abuses of Protestants, Gamecock still reports this? I can see how the sheer volume of Coleus’ reports cast a negative pall over FR, but how is the substance of this any different, other than that Gamecock finds fewer cases to report?


6 posted on 08/11/2008 6:49:23 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Actually, diocesan priests do not take a vow of poverty.


7 posted on 08/11/2008 6:51:48 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus; Coleus; Religion Moderator; Alex Murphy
Coleus provided a service to all of us who need to be aware of wolves in sheep's clothing, and I am grateful that s/he made those posts.

That being said, I was under the impression that sex abuse posts were no verboten, which this clearly isn't.

FWIW, I am posting articles from across the spectrum Christianity, not just Catholicism.

8 posted on 08/11/2008 6:53:50 AM PDT by Gamecock (The question is not, "Am I good enough to be a Christian?" rather "Am I good enough not to be?")
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To: dangus; Petronski; Mad Dawg; sandyeggo; tiki; trisham

I agree with you. This post is inflammatory. There’s no problem with that, unless Catholics are not allowed to post same regarding the sins of Protestant ministers.


9 posted on 08/11/2008 6:53:50 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Judith Anne

To 8


10 posted on 08/11/2008 6:54:31 AM PDT by Gamecock (The question is not, "Am I good enough to be a Christian?" rather "Am I good enough not to be?")
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To: dangus

As I understand it, Diocesan priests have total control of parish finances.


11 posted on 08/11/2008 6:54:59 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Gamecock

Sorry, I don’t buy that excuse.


12 posted on 08/11/2008 6:55:33 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Judith Anne

As you wish.


13 posted on 08/11/2008 6:56:37 AM PDT by Gamecock (The question is not, "Am I good enough to be a Christian?" rather "Am I good enough not to be?")
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To: Judith Anne; Coleus; dangus; Petronski; Mad Dawg; sandyeggo; tiki
This post is inflammatory. There’s no problem with that, unless Catholics are not allowed to post same regarding the sins of Protestant ministers.

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Has Coleus had threads removed?

14 posted on 08/11/2008 7:01:41 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

I’m not sure exactly what happened. Perhaps another poster knows.


15 posted on 08/11/2008 7:09:58 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Judith Anne

I confess I haven’t been keeping up lately.


16 posted on 08/11/2008 7:13:02 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Gamecock; dangus; Coleus; Alex Murphy; Judith Anne; trisham
The pastor/priest sex scandal thread war was stopped. The latest threads in that flame war were pulled.

Posting of current sex scandal news may be allowed in the future, but not yet. It would be "picking at a scab."

This article does not deal with a "sex scandal" and is therefore not forbidden.

17 posted on 08/11/2008 8:17:44 AM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Religion Moderator

Thanks, RM.


18 posted on 08/11/2008 8:18:50 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
"Secular" clergy, guys not in an outfit like the Franciscans or whatever, do not take a vow of poverty.

I like it when the loot is counted by one group, taken to the bank by another group, and checks take a couple of signatures. It's just a good way of covering one's, ah, donkey.

19 posted on 08/11/2008 10:55:52 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: dangus

I’m shocked, I tell ya! Shocked.


20 posted on 08/11/2008 12:53:54 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Mad Dawg

In our parish, a member of the finance council puts it in the safe after each service and then it is counted by 4 non-related people and an FC member. 2 of them take it to the bank.

I am the bookkeeper and I know about how much we should be getting and as the bookkeeper, I never handle cash. The checks have to be stamped, deposit only, and the bank knows that no check written out to our parish is to be cashed, ever.

Oh yeah, the room where they count the money has a window in it so anyone can go watch them count.


21 posted on 08/11/2008 1:07:31 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: tiki

That sounds excellent. Good controls can be a pain but they are well worth it.


22 posted on 08/11/2008 5:52:13 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Radl
It must be Sunday, the Lords day...Christians staying at home to provide any dirt they can find on the Catholic church.... in Jesus name...amen.

The usual suspects never fail to disappoint.

23 posted on 08/11/2008 5:55:36 PM PDT by Petronski (The God of Life will condemn the Chinese government. Laogai means GULAG.)
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