February 22, 2019
He is also accused of having an astoundingly ugly wife.
A Pennsylvania church administrator stole $1.2 million from his religious community and used the money for family theme park vacations and other personal expenses, authorities say.
David Reiter, a 50-year-old business manager and occasional keyboardist for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, faces felony charges including theft, forgery, conspiracy and receiving stolen property, according to a criminal complaint obtained by HuffPost.
His wife, 44-year-old Connie Reiter, faces charges of conspiracy and receiving stolen property.
David Reiter, of South Park, was hired as Westminster Presbyterian Church’s financial administrator in 2001 and stayed in that role for about 17 years. He is accused of skimming money from the church’s funds between 2011 and 2018, according to the Allegheny County district attorney’s office.
During that time, Reiter was apparently an active member of the church ― playing keyboard for contemporary worship services and leading staff in worship during Christmas, Westminster’s senior pastor, Rev. Jim Gilchrist, told CBS affiliate KDKA on Tuesday.
“Everybody trusted him,” Gilchrist said.
Reiter allegedly falsified church accounts and created fake audit reports to cover his thefts. The complaint states that he charged about $220,000 in personal expenses on the church’s credit card and also made smaller unauthorized payroll transfers from church accounts to his personal accounts over the years.
The church funds were reportedly used to pay for vacations to Walt Disney World, Hershey Park and Cedar Point. Other expenses allegedly included Pittsburgh Pirates baseball tickets, music lessons for the Reiters’ children, restaurant bills, pet care, medical expenses, groceries, vehicle repairs and scrapbooking supplies.
Westminster Presbyterian Church’s board became suspicious in November when it attempted to perform a financial audit and was repeatedly told by Reiter that the auditor wasn’t available for a face-to-face interview. Reiter later gave a board member a cellphone number for the auditor but the person on the other end of the line was actually Reiter using a prepaid cellphone purchased with church funds, according to the complaint.
Reiter later confessed to Gilchrist that he had stolen money from the church, telling the pastor he did it “to make things better at home,” the complaint states.
“There was a tremendous amount of forethought and deception in this, which is all the more sad and just a sense of betrayal,” Gilchrist told KDKA.
The couple made an initial court appearance on Tuesday but didn’t enter pleas, The Associated Press reported. It’s unclear if they have retained attorneys.
Connie Reiter posted bail but her husband remains in jail, a district attorney’s spokesman told HuffPost on Thursday.
A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 28.
December 25, 2018
This coming from the head of perhaps the richest and most rapacious organization in the world; One swimming in gold, cash and art.
The pope gets our ‘hypocrite of the year’ award. Again.
Pope Francis assailed the “insatiable greed” of today’s consumerism at the Vatican and pilgrims crowded into the church at the traditional site of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem on Tuesday as Christmas celebrations began worldwide.
Thousands attended mass on Monday night at the Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Basilica, where Pope Francis, the head of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics, offered his Christmas homily.
“An insatiable greed marks all human history, even today, when, paradoxically, a few dine luxuriantly while all too many go without the daily bread needed to survive,” the 82-year-old pope said as he drank 120 year old scotch from his solid gold chalice.
Mary Kreuper and Lana Chang, thieves
Two nuns have admitted embezzling about $500,000 (£400,000) and spending it on gambling in Las Vegas.
Sisters Mary Kreuper and Lana Chang, who worked at St James’ Catholic School in the city of Torrance, California, stole the money from school funds and gambled with it in casinos.
The nuns, said to be best friends, took money from an account used for tuition fees and donations, and were caught during a routine audit.
They had previously avoided detection by depositing cheques made out to the school into their own separate bank account.
The sisters, who have just retired, have expressed remorse for their actions, and although the police have been informed, the school is not bringing criminal charges against them. Because, hey, to the Catholic Church $500,000 is peanuts.
Sister Mary was the principal of the school for 29 years, while Sister Lana was a teacher there for about 20 years.
It is thought they spent the stolen money over a period of at least 10 years on gambling and travel.
In a statement, the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, the pair’s order, said: “The Sisters have confirmed the misappropriation of funds and have co-operated in the investigation.
“Our community is concerned and saddened by this situation and regret any injury to our long relationship with the families of the school.”
In a letter to parishioners, the monsignor of the church, Michael Meyers, wrote: “Sister Mary Margaret and Sister Lana have expressed to me and asked that I convey to you, the deep remorse they each feel for their actions and ask for your forgiveness and prayers.”
November 8, 2018
Frederick and Jerri Smith, fleecing the flock
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A Memphis pastor and his wife are being accused of taking advantage of a 77-year-old woman in their church, racking up nearly $50,000 on her credit card.
The family called FOX13, claiming the pastor broke his promise to pay off the credit card debt.
Frederick Smith, 49, was arrested in connection with the alleged scam he and his wife committed against Clevie Williams.
Jerri Smith, Frederick’s wife, was arrested Thursday morning at 10:54. A warrant for Jerri shows the same charges as Fredrick.
Williams told FOX13 she was only a member of the New Life Holiness Church for a few months.
And she said one decision, which she originally thought was an honor, ruined her credit and put her in significant debt.
Williams said Smith asked her to be on the “Mother Board” of the church, which she initially took as an honor.
Shortly after that exchange, Williams said Smith stole her identity and opened up credit cards in her name that he used.
Williams told FOX13 that the pastor failed on his promise to pay off the nearly $50,000 in charges he allegedly made without her consent.
“I was almost speechless. I could not think of anything to do,” Williams said. “I said what is this? I never in my life time had a card, or anything from Bank of America. Never.
“I have never been inside one of the banks.”
Her family gave FOX13 the last statement from Bank of America, dated April 2015.
The amount due was more than $19,000 – nearly $9,000 in charges made in about 10 days.
“I just could not function. I was hurt,” said Williams. “I was more or less angry, and I just didn’t know what else to do.”
Williams filed a police report in May 2015 and identified Smith as a suspect, but she later declined to press charges after Smith agreed to pay the Bank of America bills the next month.
However, Williams told FOX13 that he never did.
Smith denied the allegations to FOX13, saying the money he spent was for “church expenses” and was approved by Williams.
Smith told FOX13 he never stole Williams’ personal information to open any credit card. He said
Williams opened the card and gave it to him to use as church expenses.
Smith is being charged with identity theft, theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000, and forgery between $10,000 and $60,000.
October 18, 2018
Cops find $63,000 in the ceiling at lavish home of Michigan priest, 67, who embezzled $5million from his parish
July 20, 2018
Jonathan Wehrle, smug big time embezzler
More than $63,000 was found hidden in the ceiling of the home of a Michigan priest who is accused of embezzling more than $5million.
Police searched Reverend Jonathan Wehrle‘s lavish home in Williamston on Tuesday and found dozens of $2,000 bundles of cash totaling $63,392.
Wehrle, 67, was charged with six counts of embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Church in Okemos last year.
Authorities have already seized $1.1million from Wehrle, and church auditors say more than $5million is missing, according to WLNS.
July 12. 2018
It’s not just Christian televangelists who are con men
Ankara (AFP) – Turkish police on Wednesday detained on fraud charges a televangelist notorious for propagating conservative views while surrounded by scantily-clad women he refers to as his “kittens”.
Adnan Oktar, a bizarre and controversial figure who also denies evolution, was detained alongside dozens of mainly female alleged supporters on accusations of fraud, bribery and sexual assault.
Oktar, who critics see as the leader of a cult, gained notoriety for his programmes on the online A9 television channel and had regularly been denounced by Turkey’s religious leaders.
He presented programmes surrounded by scantily-clad and heavily made-up women — who appeared to have had plastic surgery — who he dubbed “kittens”.
In a major crackdown on his group, he was taken into custody in Istanbul as part of a probe by the city’s police financial crimes unit, state-run Anadolu news agency said.
A total of 235 arrest warrants were issued and at least 166 people have been detained so far in helicopter-backed raids in Istanbul, Ankara and also southern Turkey, Anadolu said. NTV television said 100 of those detained are female.
Oktar was caught as he was trying to run away, the Istanbul public prosecutor said in a statement, quoted by the Hurriyet daily. His lawyers were also detained.
He is also accused of “setting up an organisation with the aim of committing crime”, “committing fraud through abuse of religious belief and sentiment”, Anadolu said.
Oktar’s assets were seized, Anadolu said, adding that authorities appointed a trustee to his companies, associations and foundations.
Weapons including guns and rifles were also found during the raids, the agency said.
The head of Turkey’s Diyanet religious affairs agency Ali Erbas said earlier this year that Oktar had “likely lost his mental balance”, prompting a war of words with the televangelist.
Kirbyjon Caldwell – Houston megachurch pastor and spiritual adviser to George W. Bush indicted on13 counts conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering
March 30, 2018
Look here, ol’ people. I stoled yo’ money. It’s mah job.
A prominent Houston pastor and spiritual adviser to President George W. Bush has been indicted on federal charges that he sold millions of dollars in worthless Chinese bonds to elderly and vulnerable investors, according to federal authorities.
Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, 64, and Shreveport financial planner Gregory Alan Smith, 55, were charged with 13 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering.
Caldwell is accused of using his position as the senior pastor of the Windsor Village United Methodist Church to help lure nearly $3.5 million in investments into historic Chinese bonds that are not recognized by the Chinese government. He and Smith told investors they could see returns as high as 15 times their initial investment, according to the indictment.
December 25, 2017
Ralph Gordon Stair – child rapist, kidnapper and buglar
A 16-year-old teen is being hailed as brave after detailing her account of being raped by a South Carolina religious leader, leading to other women coming forward and him being arrested.
Natosha Lehr described in a since-deleted, heartbreaking YouTube video about she was being forced to attend the church of Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair.
She claimed was sexually assaulted by Stair while working at his compound for five months.
Stair, also known as Brother RG Stair, was arrested by Colleton County sheriff’s deputies on Monday morning on charges including criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, burglary and assault, reported The Post and Courier.
Stair, a radio evangelist who leads the Overcomer Ministry in Walterboro, has gained notoriety for his preachings, which are broadcast to radio stations around the world.
Natosha Lehr, 16, described in a YouTube video how she was assaulted numerous times by Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair, 84 , who runs the Overcomer Ministry in Walterboro, South Carolina. Stair was arrested on Monday on charges including criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, burglary and assault
Several women have since accused Stair of sexual assault. In one YouTube video, Stair cups and pats the breast of a 12-year-old girl as members of his church watched
Several women have since accused Stair of sexual assault. In one YouTube video, Stair cups and pats the breast of a 12-year-old girl as members of his church watched.
Stair’s commune sits on 130 acres of land about two miles off of Interstate-95. About 70 residents live in mobile homes or hand-built houses secluded from the road by a line of trees.
The followers give all ‘worldly goods and monies to the Lord,’ according to the ministry’s website, and accept Stair as the ‘last day prophet of God’.
Police began investigating multiple videos posted online in October that are no longer available.
The clips showed Stair inappropriately touching underage girls at his church such as in one where he cups and pats the breast of a 12-year-old girl as members of his church watched.
‘How old are you, hon?’ Stair asks the girl in the video.
When she tells him her age, he adds: ‘Twelve, getting right close to it now’, indicating she is close to the age where she could start having sex.
According to a man narrating the video, who said he is a former member of the church, that age is 13, reported The Christian Post.
Stair, a radio evangelist whose preachings are broadcast around the world, would allegedly tell the girls he touched: ‘Don’t you wanna please God? This is God’s will. If you love God, you should do this’.
After Lehr uploaded her account, several other women came forward to accuse Stair of sexual assault including mother-and-daughter Pamela and Hannah Brown
Pamela, 44, said she was able to resist Stair’s advances until an April encounter when Stair pressured her into having sex on an outdoor path near the cafeteria. Meanwhile, Hannah, 19, said Stair groped her repeatedly over several years
In the other video, Lehr accused Stair of sexually assaulting her over the course of five months this year.
While Lehr accused the preacher of touching her butt, and lifting her shirt to touch her breasts, she said it wasn’t until the fifth month that Stair took his predatory behavior even further.
‘The fifth month, he asked me to go to the radio room and I didn’t want to go there. I did not,’ she says in the video.
Lehr says Stair began fondling her breast asking her: ‘Do you feel good?’ and then began rubbing her vagina.
The teen told her mother about the incidents but the alleged sexual assaults continued. Lehr confided in her 21-year-old sister, who lives out of state and encouraged her to contact authorities, reported The Post and Courier.
Lehr has since moved to Pennsylvania with relatives and said she was happy to hear about the arrest.
‘Everybody’s happy now,’ she told the newspaper. ‘I hope the whole compound actually shuts down.’
Ohio Catholic priest under investigation for ‘excessive’ inappropriate texting of a minor and misusing church funds kills himself
December 20, 2017
How often does a priest have to send inappropriate texts to a minor before it is ‘excessive’?
The answer, for those of you too stupid to know, is ‘once’.
A Catholic priest in Ohio under investigation for ‘questionable’ communications with a minor and misuse of church funds killed himself Wednesday. Good.
The Catholic Diocese of Columbus said in a statement Thursday that Reverend James Csaszar killed himself while visiting Chicago.
Csaszar was pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in the Columbus suburb of New Albany.
The diocese’s statement says Csaszar was placed on administrative leave November 7 when officials learned of ‘excessive and questionable’ text and phone communications with a minor.
It’s not clear the age of the minor or if they were male or female.
December 7, 2017
A Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused children at an abbey school which became one of Britain’s most notorious dens of paedophilia is set to die behind bars.
Andrew Soper, 74, raped and groped pupils at St Benedict’s School in Ealing in the 1970s and 80s and used £182,000 from his Vatican bank account to flee to Albania when victims came forward decades later.
Former headmaster father David Pearce and former maths teacher John Maestri had been jailed for abusing children at the £12,000-a-year private school.
Soper flew to the UK to be interviewed by police about the claims in July 2004, June 2009 and September 2010, and was allowed to return to Rome, Italy, on police bail until 11 March 2011.
Andrew Soper has been found guilty of a catalogue of sex offences +6
Soper, pictured, is a former headteacher at St Benedict’s Catholic School in Ealing +6
Andrew Soper, left and right, has been found guilty of a catalogue of sex offences against young boys at the Catholic school he is a former headteacher at
Seven days before Soper was due to attend a police station in the UK, he flew to Kosovo, Albania, with Euro 204,000 withdrawn from his Vatican bank account.
Today Soper was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault, one count of indecency with a child, 10 counts of indecent assault on boys under 16 and six counts of indecent assault on boys under 18 following an Old Bailey trial.
He showed no emotion as the jury convicted him of each charge by a majority of 10-to-two after deliberating for 14 hours.
Judge Anthony Bate is expected to adjourn sentence until a later date.
Soper, himself a former headmaster, got a sexual thrill from caning young boys and ‘cunningly’ used corporal punishment as an excuse to pull down their trousers and act on his perverted desires.
The ‘manipulative’, ‘perverted’ and ‘sadistic’ former monk – also known as Father Lawrence Soper – pulled up his robes to rape one 12-year-old pupil over a desk in his office and warned the boy he could be expelled if he ever told his parents.
His ten victims, who have been plagued by mental health problems after he abused them between September 1972 and July 1983, were initially afraid to speak out because their families viewed Catholic priests with ‘deep respect’.
They came forward after Soper resigned as abbot and went to live at the Benedictine headquarters at Collegio Sant’Anselmo in Rome in 2000.
He was highly regarded as a religious scholar in the Vatican and his views on the catholic church were widely sought.
One victim had described how he had a mental breakdown when police told him there was insufficient evidence to pursue his claims after interviews in 2004 and 2007.
The abuse took place between September 1972 and July 1983 while Soper was headmaster at St Benedict’s School in Ealing +6
The abuse took place between September 1972 and July 1983 while Soper was headmaster at St Benedict’s School in Ealing
The man recalled Soper performing oral sex on him and trying to kiss him while he was asleep on the top of a bunk-bed on a school cycling holiday.
He said he didn’t come forward earlier because ‘no one would have believed you’.
‘I would have had the s**t beaten out of me by my father because he’s a devout Catholic,’ he added.
‘Who’s going to believe a 13/14-year-old boy against a priest?
‘I’m so screwed up by it all the thought of doing a life sentence for murder didn’t bother me.
‘I would just sit and rot in a prison cell and not give a s***.’
Another victim said he believed Maestri was running a paedophile ring at the school.
‘When I speak of a paedophile ring, [I say] that there were school masters, lay or clerical, who were or have been convicted of the sexual abuse of children,’ he explained.
‘Therefore it’s reasonable to believe that something like a paedophile ring was operating at St Benedict’s school.
‘I believe that the Benedictine Order should answer for the serial abuse that has gone on in its educational establishments for the last few decades.’
A third victim described the school environment as ‘poisonous’ and said: ‘You don’t really understand what was going on.
‘It was a horrible place to be and I think you came to the point when most people just said this is a hard part of my life and I want to get through it. It was a dictatorship.’
The court heard pupils were caned, beaten with jocari bats and forced to do severe manual labour such as moving logs until they dropped.
Soper claimed he fled to Kosovo out of ‘stupidity and cowardice’ and told jurors: ‘If you want to destroy a priest, all you have to do is make an accusation of the sort against me.’
His defence barrister Jane Humphryes, QC, suggested his accusers were bitter ‘professional victims’ and fantasists and told one he was determined to ‘squash’ St Benedict’s and become a core participant in the IICSA.
Soper has been expelled from the monastery of St Benedict of Ealing for ‘scandalous behaviour’ but is still a priest.
The child abuser, born Andrew Charles Kingston Soper, entered the monastery at Ealing Abbey and became a Benedictine Monk after a short career in banking in 1964.
He took the name Laurence when he was ordained as a priest in 1970 and became a teacher at St Benedict’s in two years later, eventually rising to become head of the Middle School from 1977-1983.
Soper also acted as the school’s bursar and took control of financial matters until 1991.
He occupied the ‘very senior position’ of Abbot of Ealing Abbey from 1991 until he resigned and moved to the Vatican in 2000.
St Benedict’s paid one former pupil £135,000 to settle a sex abuse claim against Soper out of court in 2010, while another one was paid £5,900 after launching a civil claim.
Soper is one of seven senior figures either convicted or accused of preying on pupils at the £15,000-a-year private school during the last 25 years.
Former headmaster Christopher Cleugh admitted the school ‘could have, and should have, done more’ to protect victims following a damning 2011 inquiry which concluded that Ealing Abbey monks had to lose their control of the school.
1992: The junior school’s former headmaster Father David Pearce is accused of sexually abusing a boy, but police take no further action.
2001: Former abbot Rev Dom Martin Shipperlee receives complaint about Pearce and makes police aware of it.
2003: Former middle school master John Maestri admits three counts of indecent assault against two pupils between 1980 and 1984.
2005: Maestri pleads guilty to another count of indecent assault relating to a sex attack in 1982.
2006: The High Court awards damages to one of Pearce’s victims.
2007: Rev Shipperlee allows Pearce to return to Ealing Abbey as bursar. Pearce sexually assaults a child within months.
2007: Father Stanislaus Hobbs, part of St Benedict’s middle school staff between 1969-1984, stands trial for one count of indecent assault in 1984 but is cleared by a jury.
2008: Former middle school headmaster Father Anthony Gee is accused of caning a boy on his bare buttocks but no further action is taken.
2009: Father David Pearce is charged with 22 counts of indecent assault against six boys between 1975 and 2007 – prosecutors accepted his guilty pleas to 11 of the charges.
2009: Maestri admits one count of indecent assault between 1979 and 1981.
2010: Father Gregory Chillman is accused of one indecent assault between 1975-76, but no further action was taken.
2010: Two female pupils at another school complain about Father Chillman’s ‘inappropriate’ behaviour in 2004 and he is later put on restricted ministry and barred from access to children.
2010: St Benedict’s teacher John Skelton is convicted of indecent assaults against two pupils in 1983.
2011: Pearce is charged with four counts of indecent assault against another boy between 1977 and 1978, but he was cleared following a trial.
2011: Maestri is charged with three counts of indecent assault against another former pupil but is cleared by a jury.
2011: Former headmaster Christopher Cleugh apologises for ‘terrible legacy’ of sex abuse following damning inquiry by Lord Carlile.
2011: Father Andrew Soper withdraws £182,000 from his Vatican bank account and flies to Albania while on bail for sex offences against pupils.
2016: Deputy head of St Benedict’s Peter Allott, 37, is jailed for ‘getting hooked on child pornography’ and taking part in chemsex ‘paedophile sex parties’
2017: Soper convicted of 19 sex attacks on pupils at St Benedict’s in the 1970s and 1980s following an Old Bailey trial.
Prosecutor Gillian Etherton, QC, said: ‘Whilst this trial concerns Andrew Soper, you should know that St Benedict’s School and Ealing Abbey have in the past come under critical scrutiny.
‘There have been numerous large scale inquiries into the failure of the school to protect and safeguard children in their care.
‘There have been investigations, against both monks and teachers, and this has led to a number of prosecutions.
‘It is fair to say that over a number of decades, the 1960s to 1990s, both violence and sexual abuse by the adults in charge against the young pupils was prevalent at the school.’
One victim claimed the Benedictine order which ran the school was responsible for covering up a ring of abuse involving many teachers and pupils who were too ashamed to come forward.
Comic Julian Clary, who won a scholarship to St Benedict’s in the 1970s, described Pearce ‘touring all the school toilets in the hope of finding who knows what’.
He says he was never personally sexually abused, but is expected to give evidence about the school at the upcoming independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA).
A 2011 inquiry led by Lord Alexander Carlile said Ealing Abbey monks must lose control of St Benedict’s, prompting the school’s then headmaster Christopher Cleugh to apologise for its ‘terrible legacy’ of sexual abuse.
Pearce, a twisted pervert described as a ‘devil in a dog collar’, was jailed for eight years in 2009 after pleading guilty to a 10 indecent assaults and one sexual assault on five boys at the school between 1972 and 2008.
Maestri, previously St Benedict’s ‘master of discipline’, was jailed for 30 months in 2003 after pleading guilty to three counts of indecently assaulting schoolboys under 16 between 1980 and 1984.
The sex offender was let off with a community order two years later after admitting indecently assaulting another boy under 14 between 1982 and 1983.
Maestri was spared jail again and given a two-year sentence suspended for two years for indecently assaulting a boy under 14 when another victim emerged in 2009.
Last year ‘respected’ former deputy head Peter Allott was jailed for 33 months after it was revealed he spent £600 a week on Class A drugs and attended chemsex child porn parties with paedophiles he met on Grindr.
The depraved teacher pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photos of children, one count of possessing extreme pornography, one count of sharing indecent photos of children and one of possessing a Class A substance at Blackfriars Crown Court.
November 11. 2017
And you wonder why the Vatican is soft on financial corruption and priestly homosexual molestation and rape.
A bombshell book has claimed Vatican priests had sex with boys while popes had multi-million dollar accounts.
Gianluigi Nuzzi’s ‘Original Sin’ alleges a host of Catholic sins, including gay sex in the Vatican’s youth seminary.
The book also reproduces documents from the Vatican’s scandal-marred bank, showing multi-million-dollar accounts in the names of Popes Paul VI and John Paul II and their private secretaries.
It claims that hidden powers in the Vatican were blocking the reforms of Pope Francis and his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
Nuzzi said his lawyers had hand-delivered a copy of his book to the Vatican’s criminal prosecutor, saying at least one of the Vatican’s seminarians was a minor at the time of the alleged gay sex escapades.
The book also delves into the 1983 disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee.
It gathers together years of exposes into the gay subculture of the Vatican.
The new claims concern the Vatican’s St. Pius X pre-seminary for middle and high schoolers who are considering a possible vocation to the priesthood.
Nuzzi reproduces a letter and testimony from a gay ex-seminarian who recounted how an adult, now a priest, used to come into his dorm room and have oral sex with his roommate.
The book reproduces a 2014 letter from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the ex-seminarian, saying it had determined that no sexual abuse of a minor had occurred but that it was referring the case to the Vatican’s office for clergy.
Nuzzi told reporters today that the roommate was indeed younger than 18 when the encounters began. Neither the roommate nor the priest were identified.
The author and fellow journalist Emmanuele Fittipaldi were put on trial in a Vatican court in 2015 after both published books based on leaked documents that exposed greed, mismanagement and corruption at the highest levels of the Catholic Church.
In July 2016, after an eight-month trial, the Vatican’s criminal court declared that it had no jurisdiction to prosecute them. This means it gave them a pass because the Vatican criminal court did not have the jurisdiction to prosecute Vatican crimes. Amazing that they think anyone would believe their bullshit.
The court did, however, convict two other people for conspiring to leak the documents, and absolved a third.