Priests Steal $8 Million From Their Church

Yes, Jesus likes that.

Yes, Jesus likes that.

Two Catholic Priests from the St Vincent Ferrer Church of Delray Beach, Florida have been sentenced for stealing $8 million dollars from their church. John Skehan, 81, was sentenced to 14 months in prison and Francis Guinan, 66, was sentenced to 4 years, even though he was only found guilty in the theft of $100,000.

Judge Jeffery Colbath said:

The crime of the defendant was pure greed unmasked. There was not a shred of moral necessity to excuse the defendant’s crime

And Judge Krista Marx was quoted saying:

No matter how many good works you have performed in your many years as a priest, your legacy will always be one of thievery and deceit

Skehan had really been living the high life for the last 50 years. He owned a pub in Ireland, a penthouse, and other properties. Colbath was his successor in both the church duties and embezzlement duties.

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One Comment on “Priests Steal $8 Million From Their Church”


  1. Sadly, Church Fraud is a very real concern, with potential risk from the outside as well as within. There are simple steps to increase the security of a churches finances but it is difficult to know where to start. I recently found out about a Christian Accounting firm that offers online tools and support for churches. They have some excellent resources as well as an online questionnaire that will determine whether a church is at risk. Their service is called Weeds in the Garden.


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