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Brookfield church says it lost $128,000 to theiving priest

From the Milwalkee Journal Sentenial


Brookfield church says it lost $128,000 to theft

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Jan. 22, 2009 4:00 p.m.

St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Brookfield lost nearly $128,000 over three years in thefts from its weekly collection, the church said today. Though a criminal investigation is ongoing, an outside audit found a correlation between the missing funds and the tenure of former pastor Father Leonard Van Vlaenderen, who was arrested in December 2007 on a misdemeanor charge of possessing cocaine. He later pleaded guilty and is on probation.

This after last May's announcement from the Church:

 All Catholic churches will have to get Audits

Scandals elsewhere prompt archdiocese to safeguard donations

By Tom Heinen of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: May. 16, 2008

That action was sparked in part by large embezzlement scandals at parishes in Virginia, Connecticut and Florida, and by the release in 2007 of a report by Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University that found that 85% of dioceses in the United States responding to a survey reported instances of embezzlement in the past five years, said Chuck Zech, director of the center and a co-author of the study report, “Internal Financial Controls in the U.S. Catholic Church.”

Every church has the same problem of being too trusting of their priests and ministers and church workers,” Zech said. It's not unique to the Catholic Church. . . . No one would think that a priest would embezzle, and no one would think that a church worker would, so they don't put in the kinds of internal controls common in the business world.

We get called pedophiles, as being against family values, compared to incest, polygamists, accused of having “an agenda”, the anti gay industry says we are morally bankrupt and devoid of character.

Every reputable study has shown the opposite.

I don't believe the liars anymore, not for four years. There are too many pedophiles and thieves in their own midst for their opinion on my moral values honestly.  They take Biblical passages out of context then turn around and accuse others of doing the same thing.  They take a collection of books, writings and history, some certainly inspired, some clearly allegory and say it is without error, worshiping it more than the higher power they claim to follow.

I suggest they quit reading the six passages relating to idolatry and start reading these:

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

I think if they would take that log out of their eyes, they just might see that our “gayness” is not even an eyelash needing removed.

One of the things that has helped me heal my self esteem greatly over the past four years, has been, to ask myself if I am going to believe the lies and liars about who we are or the truth?

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