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Catholic Priest Accused Of Spending Church Funds On Dates And A Beach House


Added 08-22-19 09:26:07pm EST - “Monsignor? Joseph McLoone spent thousands in church donations on men he met on Grindr, Pennsylvania prosecutors say.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Catholic Priest Accused Of Spending Church Funds On Dates And A Beach House”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Pennsylvania Catholic priest stole nearly $100,000 from his parish and spent the money on a beach house and relationships with adult men, prosecutors say.

Monsignor Joseph McLoone, formerly a priest at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Downingtown, has been charged with felony theft and related crimes, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Charles Gaza, chief of staff for the office, accused the 56-year-old priest of taking advantage of his parishioners’ trust.

“Father McLoone held a position of leadership and his parishioners trusted him to properly handle their generous donations to the church,” Gaza said in a statement. “Father McLoone violated the trust of the members of St. Joseph’s for his own personal gain.”

McLoone took over as pastor at St. Joseph’s Parish in 2011. On All Souls’ Day that year, a holy day in November that Catholics set aside to pray for the dead, McLoone allegedly opened a secret checking account which he called the St. Joseph Activity Account.

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