USA--Catholic church loses $90 million a year from theft?

For immediate release: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, [email protected])

A new Associated Press story cites “lax financial controls” in the Catholic church, quotes one source as saying that the US church may lose $90 million annually from theft and cites an independent survey that shows that 85% of US dioceses have experienced recent embezzlement.

“American Catholics drop roughly $150 million into the Sunday collection plate every week,” the AP reports.

We urge citizens and Catholics to keep all this in mind the next time a bishop claims “poverty” and cities poor finances as an excuse to not better protect kids or help victims.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,[email protected])


Bookkeeper denies theft as U.S. church struggles with money controls

One expert estimates that American Catholics drop roughly $150 million into the Sunday collection plate every week, and a decade-old study revealed that 85 percent of American dioceses have suffered some form of embezzlement.

By Associated Press - May 1, 2016

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — A bookkeeper has pleaded not guilty to charges that she stole nearly $200,000 from a Catholic church and school in Albert Lea, marking the latest incident suggesting to some observers a problem with lax financial controls in American Catholicism.

Thirty-seven-year-old Ryan Mae McFarland of Austin entered her plea Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

McFarland is charged with  . . . 

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