When Priests Steal: German Pastor Skims From Plate For 40 Years, Doesn’t Spend A Dime
A bad case of “existential angst” is being cited as the driving force that led
a German priest to squirrel away more than one million euros that he'd taken
from his church’s collection plates and other donations over the course of 40
years. One curious aspect of the case is that there was no final damage – material,
at least. The money is all still there, and will soon be returned.
The fraud was perpetrated by a now elderly Catholic priest in the Laudenbach
parish in Miltenberg, Germany near Frankfurt. For decades, the clergyman moved
money around in different banks, didn’t book gift donations into parish
accounts, and kept the money from some collection plates for himself.