Thursday, May 11, 2006

Working for the Church

Today's Times Union reports:
Last fall, the Rev. Kenneth Doyle became suspicious that someone was taking collection money from his church, Saint Catherine of Siena.

The priest didn't know how to prove it, so he called in Albany police, who set up surveillance equipment and planted marked money in the church's safe.
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"He started taking a small amount of money out of the collection bin and then he obtained the combination to the safe," said James Miller, the city's Department of Public Safety spokesman. "He said that he needed the extra money for living."

The rest of the story is here. The story reminds us of this article from U.S. Catholic magazine, which asked, Does it pay to work for the church?
Laypeople who make a living in the church love what they do—but don’t always love the pay.