Makes a change, normally they are in court for buggering kids

A dodgy catholic priest has been had up for fiddling a till not fiddling kids:

A disgraced Catholic priest jailed for slotting $150,000 of parish cash into pokie machines could still work for the church once released from prison.

Father John Fitzmaurice, 57, was a trusted administrator and clergyman at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and Addington’s Sacred Heart Parish in Christchurch for 34 years.

But while he stood in front of his diocese as a well-respected church leader, Father Fitzmaurice was quietly siphoning funds from the church. 

He wrote hundreds of cheques and paid them into his personal bank account.

The money – $149,000 over five and a half years – was used to support his spiralling gambling addiction.

Today, at Christchurch District Court he was sentenced to two years and three months behind bars after pleading guilty to eight fraud charges that Judge John Macdonald said amounted to “sustained criminal conduct”.

If only he had been bugger altar boys, then the church would have helped him cover it up and promoted him to another parish.


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  • Bunswalla

    His Rector, Father Maurice Fitzjohn, is said to be distraught.

    • williamabong

      Very good, pure gold.

  • Dave

    Two years 3 months, that’s a month in jail for every $5,500 he stole. After good behavior it’s going to be closed to one month served for every $10k stolen.

    • JimboBug

      That isn’t too bad an income; tax-free too – and no accommodation costs.

  • AnonWgtn

    Perhaps he was giving a share to Jum Anderton so he, as a good Catholic could play politics, with the Anglican Church over the Anglican Cathedral, ignoring his own Basilica’s collapse.

  • blazer

    his lawyer is appealling the sentence.

  • J.M

    More anti-Catholic hate speech? Broken record Cam.