Friday, January 24, 2014

Archdiocese Spent $11 million To Keep Secrets

by Gary Snyder

The Rev. Stanley Kozlak served nearly three decades in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. But then he fathered a child and the archdiocese needed him gone. Removing Kozlak quietly wouldn't be cheap, but church leaders knew how to move money discreetly. The archdiocese held two secret accounts, controlled by the archbishop, designed to make problems like Kozlak disappear. It cost over $11 million.

The efforts left the Archdiocese subject to embezzlement. The former head of accounting is accused of stealing more than $670,000 from the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis. He has pleaded guilty to theft and filing a false tax return. The perpetrator pleaded guilty to five felony counts of fraud. He is now serving a three-year prison sentence.

About 3 percent of overall archdiocese revenues in those years went for costs tied to clergy misconduct. The archdiocese is facing a slew of lawsuits over clergy misconduct that threatens to cripple it financially. The clergy misconduct budget was so well concealed that a trained eye wouldn't notice the spending.

Payments associated with clergy misconduct came from separate, secret accounts, depending on the type of behavior involved. One such account, numbered 1-515, paid costs connected to priests accused of sexually abusing children. Account 1-516, meanwhile, paid costs related to the abuse of adults, or to financial misconduct. Items with these codes included expenses for therapy costs for victims and priests.

Meanwhile, Charles Zech, director of Villanova University's Center for Church Management and Business Ethics did a study that concluded 85 percent of American dioceses had funds stolen between 2001 and 2006.

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