Four years ago, in the middle of various sexual abuse scandals, the Archdiocese of San Francisco filed a lawsuit against a defrocked priest for embezzling more than $250,000. The money, from two churches where the priest ministered, was allegedly used to finance his vacation home in Southern California. Six years ago, the Boston Globe reported that a Pittsburgh pastor had confessed to stealing $1.35 million in donations over 26 years from two churches that he served.

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