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Conn. priest charged for $1.3 million theft

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Yet again a Connecticut Catholic priest heavily part-takes in the "good life" funded by citizens-of-faith's donations. It was previously reported that Fr. Kevin Gray spent money on himself for some seven years. The Republican American now reports on the findings of a police investigation that describes Gray's world as consisting of high-end restaurants, male escorts and extraordinary luxury totally some $1.3 million.

"Gray is expected to surrender to police today on a felony charge of first-degree larceny, a crime that could lead to 20 years in prison. Police say for the past seven years he cut checks from the church bank account to pay for designer clothes by Armani and overnight stays at Madison Avenue hotels, among a list of other expenses."

Incredibly, the Hartford archdiocese is applauding its internal investigative work of a problem that unfolded over seven years to get to the problem of it.

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Nice work by Archbishop Henry Mansell and the chancery guys. You can't make this stuff up. By the way, any other seven year old felonies you haven't found yet?

For the sake of full disclosure, as a citizen of Connecticut and donor to my parish, I have advocated for reform of state laws governing faith-based charities that operate in the dark and without any, practical, legitimate and appropriate oversight by the state.

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