A trial date is set for accused priests in Florida who allegedly stole church funds.
Wired PR News.com – Florida priests who have been accused of stealing money from their church offerings for years have been given a trial date for embezzlement charges brought against them. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the trial of Reverend Francis Guinan and Monsigor John Skehan is set to begin on Wednesday, and is described as possibly one of the biggest trials involving the U.S. Catholic Church.
As noted by the AP, the two priests fled the United States in 2006 before being formally charged with stealing money from St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church. Guinan and Skehan allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from church offerings, which funded their extravagant lifestyles.
A parishioner, who remains anonymous, was said to have provided prosecutors with a tip about the priests’ actions in 2005.