Why did Kevin Gray, Connecticut’s ex-Roman Catholic priest, allegedly steal $1.3 million from the church to pay for things like expensive meals and male escorts? Because the church “owed” him.
The escorts. The Manhattan apartment (for a 35-year-old male “friend”). That friend’s Harvard tuition. And $80k on clothes alone. The list of Gray’s expenditures were made known during his arraignment yesterday, as were his web of lies: supposedly telling this friend he was a lawyer for Catholic Charities and was suffering from colon cancer.
But why make the church suffer for his own selfishness? Because “he had grown to hate being a priest and was upset with the archdiocese for the assignments they had given him over the years,” according to his arrest warrant, like “being transferred in 2001 to New Hartford while his mom was dying in New Haven,” relays the NY Post. The warrant claims Gray says the theft began in 2003 “because he felt that the church owed it to him.” Which is sooo did, with those silly rules about not having sex with men!
At least he wasn’t worshiping a false idol?
Mr. Enemabag Jones
That friend’s Harvard tuition.
Harvard? Jesus fucking Christ! Students are strugling to attend community college, and that douchebag is sending his rent-boys to Harvard.
Good for this guy. Take the money. I hope you had a great time. Who gives a hairy rats a**. The only lamentable thing about this case is that the dude was gay. It would be soooo much more delicious if he were a hetero and blowing the money on some lady hookers in Queens. My only hope is some of the escorts were gay men and not the straight trade that mostly benefits from gay male clients. I hope he walks away from the whole thing.
My inference from this story is as follows:
1. A Roman Catholic priest who molests innocent (and per the documents in the Philadelphia case, sometimes incapacitated) children will retain his job and be shielded from embarrassment and criminal prosecution.
2. A Roman Catholic priest who steals money from the church will be laicized and turned over to the authorities for prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.
3. Therefore (a) physical and psychological abuse whose affects can last a lifetime is acceptable when the victim is someone outside the church hierarchy, but (b) the church will not abide anyone stealing its money.
That’s an interesting set of values from an organization which consistently and unceasingly proclaims its moral superiority over EVERYONE and holds itself out as the ONLY “TRUE” church.
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