Monsignor Joseph McLoone, a Catholic priest from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, has been accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from his parishioner’s donations.
What did he need the money for?
The Monsignor used the money to fund dates with men he met on Grindr.
Charles Gaza, chief of staff at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, issued a statement saying:
“Father McLoone held a position of leadership and his parishioners trusted him to properly handle their generous donations to the church. Father McLoone violated the trust of the members of St. Joseph’s for his own personal gain.”
And paid no taxes while doing it. What wouldn’t Jesus do.— Kristopher Watson (@KrisWatson22) August 23, 2019
St Peter: what'd you do?— youruinedit≈≈ (@Michaelinvoid) August 23, 2019
Priest: I spent church money to date men
St Peter: Duuuuuude
McLoone became the lead reverend at St. Joseph’s in 2011.
That same year, he opened a secret checking account called the “St. Joseph Activity Account.”
“The defendant created the activity account for the purpose of avoiding disclosure of the funds to the diocese and ensuring that nobody at the parish could see what these funds were being spent on.”
They are just mad that he spent money on men he met on grinder. If he was a nice heterosexual man they wouldn’t care if he bought a jet or a mansion or whatever else he bought with other people’s tithes.— Allison Rounds (@AllyRounds) August 23, 2019
Hey Catholics. Allow your priests to have married lives. Oh, and if they’re gay let them be gay. And how about bringing in some ladies as priests. This stuff isn’t that difficult to embrace.— Eric Butler (@EricButler85233) August 23, 2019
Almost like being celibate is unnatural and not realistic— Snarky Middle Age Mom (@NancyLevcovich) August 22, 2019
According to investigators, the priest would pocket all donations from various holidays, including annually stealing every offering on All Souls Day.
He also allegedly doubled the price of church functions like weddings and funerals, while keeping the difference for himself.
Prosecutors say... lmao— EVAN FLOW (@EVANTHETWERKGOD) August 23, 2019
Before long, McLoone had stolen $98,405 from his parish and used it to finance dates with men he met on Grindr and a beach house.
And you wonder why there is a crisis of faith. Catholics have had enough. Clean out this cancer on the Church!— @It’sMeAgain (@ItsMeAg62949949) August 23, 2019
This is why I'm agnostic.— Alydar (@alyssadara) August 22, 2019
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia first became aware of an issue in 2018, when they discovered a bank account McLoone had opened that wasn’t on record anywhere else. After confronting him, the priest admitted he used the money for personal expenditures of an “inappropriate nature.”
Twitter was less than surprised by the entire situation.
After being placed on administrative leave in 2018, McLoone was arrested on Wednesday, August 21.
He has now posted bail and is awaiting trial.
The Hypocrisy is sickening. Reading this I thought at least he wasn’t abusing children. Leave the Church and find another job.— Andrée & Boo Boo (@Glouc123) August 23, 2019
just imagine all the money they don't know about— jeanette wright (@GOPlastdays) August 22, 2019
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has a long history of corrupt behavior from its priests.
McLoone was made the head priest following the removal of Monsignor William J. Lynn who, in 2012, “became the first American Catholic official convicted for covering up child sexual abuse.”
Why is it so difficult for the Catholic Church to get rid of these guys? Or is this behavior just fine with them?— Griz (@grizatlcp) August 23, 2019
Imagine feeling so entitled that stealing seems like the right thing to do...— 💖💜💙 (@BiStateServices) August 22, 2019
Corrupt behavior from Catholic priests is no longer something anyone seems shocked by.
Awful and immoral— NotTheGreenGoblin (@TeamSymbiote) August 23, 2019
Also, how could he afford all that for under 100k?
Luckily, McLoone knows better than anyone what kind of judgment is facing him.
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