Matt C. Abbott
Spotlight on New York church scandal
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By Matt C. Abbott
December 14, 2015

It goes without saying that sexual corruption among the clergy and laity is a significant problem plaguing the church. So is theft of parish funds. Climate change, not so much, but I digress...

From a Dec. 12 story at ChurchMilitant.com (excerpted; click here to read the full article):
    Following intense media scrutiny over the last 48 hours, including from ChurchMilitant.com, Father Peter Miqueli – the New York pastor being sued over allegedly embezzling more than $1 million to fund his perverted sex life – has resigned.

    The announcement came this evening at 5:00 p.m. EST as Father Miqueli read a prepared statement outside of St. Francis de Chantal parish in Throggs Neck, New York. 'I have made the decision to step aside from my position as pastor of this parish while this unfortunate and regrettable situation is investigated ....'

    Father Miqueli insisted that he is 'not guilty of the charges' documented in the 40-page lawsuit filed Thursday by attorney Michael Dowd on behalf of parishioners at St. Frances de Chantal.

    The lawsuit also charges the Archdiocese of New York and Cardinal Timothy Dolan with knowledge of these embezzlement crimes while they were occurring.
Click here to revisit a lengthy yet informative article titled "Homosexuality and the Church Crisis," written by Brian Clowes, Ph.D.

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 'Unsolved' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. In 2005 and 2006, he was among the first writers to expose former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of power with and sexual harassment of seminarians. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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