Dangers of Donating to the Catholic Church
March 13, 2007
This Time Magazine article investigates charges of embezzlement and misappropriation of collection money by Catholic priests.
Over the past few years, clerics in a variety of states have been indicted for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars, sometimes over a period of decades.
The Catholic Church is worried that it may be facing a new scandal, just as it was beginning to recover from the sexual-abuse crisis that came to a head in 2002. In a recent study, as many as 85 percent of U.S. Catholic dioceses reported embezzlement cases, either by priests or laypeople, and 11 percent reported scandals of $500,000 or more.
Embezzlement is often a problem of nonprofit organizations, but Catholic parishes may be particularly vulnerable because of the antiquated ways in which they often gather money.