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Priest Accused of Gambling $380K Fund meant for Refugees

Tags: Canada, Father Saka, Priest.
Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2016 by "T".

A catholic priest in southern Ontario is in the hot seat as Canadian Police launched an investigation over his alleged gambling away nearly $380,000 dollars that have been allocated for refugees. Father Amer Saka told Bishop Emanuel Shaleta that a significant amount of money earmarked for refugees had disappeared. The bishop asked the priest how to which the priest said, "Gambling."

Bishop Shaleta immediately suspended Father Saka upon hearing his confession. The bishop said: "We believe that Father Saka has a serious gambling problem and that these funds may have been used for that purpose."

Father Saka is currently a priest at the St Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church in London, Ontario. The Chaldean Catholic church represents Catholics from Iraq as well as parts of Syria, Turkey and Iran, and is overseen by the Vatican.

The police in the city had confirmed that an investigation over the missing funds has been launched and that no charges have been laid as of yet as the allegations have not yet been proven in court.

Bishop Shaleta said that the priest's confession has yet to be established by investigators. He said, "Maybe this money is gambled, maybe it's lost or it's been given to someone. Even if he said it, you have to prove it."
The bishop said that the money was not given to the church. Instead, it was given to the priest by members of the parish to aide in bringing their relatives to Canada, many of which are refugees. The money that has been gambled was given under a private sponsorship program. Its aim is to cover expenses for newcomers by assisting them so they can settle in their new lives.

"This money was not donations, nor a fund collected for refugees," said Shaleta.

An investigation by the diocese shows that more than $300,000 had gone missing.

"It's not just finances. It's a matter of helping them get settled into the country and feeling at home here. We're committed to doing that, but how that's going to be done exactly, is a learning curve."
Father Saka was taken to Southdown Institute, a facility that provides voluntary treatment for priests who have addictions and mental health issues.

source: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/03/28/money-for-refugees-lost-gambling-says-catholic-church-in-london-ont.html

 


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17 comments for "Priest Accused of Gambling $380K Fund meant for Refugees"

 crankmuppet4/7/2016 3:16:46 PM GMT
Forgive me father for I have spinned.





 tropical4/7/2016 3:44:38 PM GMT
@crankmuppet that was funny dude.

Religion is the biggest scam ever pulled.
The only church i believe in is the now defunct "Our lady of perpetual exemption"

Losing $300000 is absolutely insane. At some point he must have realized he was no good at gambling and decided to read some strategy articles.
Unfortunately the only book at hand must have been the almighty bible.
Praise be! Praise be!
 T3ddyKGB4/7/2016 4:40:32 PM GMT
Posted by tropical:

Religion is the biggest scam ever pulled.



there is over 5 billion believers on this earth. they all cant be wrong ? Shock

now what...5 hail mary and he´s free ?
 arsenej14/7/2016 5:24:31 PM GMT
Posted by T3ddyKGB:
Posted by tropical:

Religion is the biggest scam ever pulled.



there is over 5 billion believers on this earth. they are all wrong! Blink

 demodawggy4/7/2016 5:35:21 PM GMT
... Big Smile< Next to a prevalent fondness of young boys' tight but tender sphincters in the various denominations,....THAT is high on the list of douchebaggery.... Thumbs Down Angry

... Big Smile< I for one is VERY happy to help out some of the unfortunate folks who have survived that catastrophe in the Middle East...especially considering it ULTIMATELY was caused by ......US.....!!!

... Big Smile< Really all most of them folks want is just to go home back to their houses, or even what's left amongst the rubble...!!!

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Posted by crankmuppet:
Forgive me father for I have spinned.







.... Big Smile< TOO FuNnY Dude...!!!! Big Smile< LOLLOLlolol....
 IceQueenAce4/7/2016 5:54:27 PM GMT
You say 5 billion believers on earth and they cant all be wrong.

I say there are 2.5 billion non-believers, and they cant all be wrong

Tongue
 T3ddyKGB4/7/2016 5:59:14 PM GMT
miss icequeenace, im atheist. its sarcasm Blink

i still cant believe your british. are you a immigrant ? that could explain it Tongue
 demodawggy4/7/2016 6:52:31 PM GMT
Posted by T3ddyKGB:
Posted by tropical:




there is over 5 billion believers on this earth. they all cant be wrong ? Shock



... Big Smile< That's some BAD meat there...!

... Big Smile< I've noticed that whatever you eat at McDonald's,...you SMELL odd,...and $h!t funny the next day....! Confused
 T3ddyKGB4/7/2016 7:17:41 PM GMT
Posted by demodawggy:
Posted by T3ddyKGB:
Posted by tropical:




there is over 5 billion believers on this earth. they all cant be wrong ? Shock



... Big Smile< That's some BAD meat there...!


yes. im guilty Big Smile

i think if there were more educated peeps than believers on this earth, we probably wouldnt have idiots who end their life by suicide bombing innocent people of conviction to get in paradise and god will forgive em Aww crap!
not only pointing on muslim... radical christians scare me aswell.
 demodawggy4/7/2016 7:36:00 PM GMT


.... Big Smile< I don't mind radical 'Hinduism'.... Everybody gets bombed with delicious Butter Chicken and Aloo Gobi,....and they're all so busy rolling around on the floor experiencing olfactory bliss,.....that they just have NO mind for the BS...lol...!!!

... Big Smile< Then maybe an after dinner bowl full of Hindu Kush....!!! Worship
 pochui4/8/2016 7:49:43 AM GMT
father saka is my new hero- holy camoly... 300k gambled away, now that's some strong beliefs in... lady luck. father saka should punished severely, by allocating another 300k into his venture fund, so he can make amends for his blip. surely with the help of catholic church he can recoup his losses.
 bowie19844/10/2016 11:48:52 AM GMT
Posted by pochui:
father saka is my new hero- holy camoly... 300k gambled away, now that's some strong beliefs in... lady luck.

I mean common sense should have tell him after the first 100k gone that he is sucking at this, but I guess Jesus is not always there when u truly needing hiim.
 klash234/12/2016 4:52:56 PM GMT
Wow.....I really do not believe this story...it is just not possible that a person of religion would do something so heinous.....no church would take money from the poor and desperate would they?
....next you'll be telling me that people are being killed in the name of religion or priests being involved in abuse and then covering it up.......would just never happen.....never...
 bowie19844/13/2016 1:06:09 PM GMT
Posted by klash23:
....next you'll be telling me that people are being killed in the name of religion or priests being involved in abuse and then covering it up.......would just never happen.....never...

Yeah, I know it's hard to digest that they are acting like any other people on the planet with dubvious character traits. Imagine my jaw being dropped when I realized this...
 Theapple4/13/2016 1:19:40 PM GMT
meh, not even half a million. hardly worth mentioning

^_^
 xgcsnippy4/13/2016 2:08:39 PM GMT
Many young refugee children have been saved from molestation
 superthight4/13/2016 2:51:32 PM GMT
wow a priest caught gambling well its quite deffirent news today eh.i better go check some of church her perhaps there are alot more gambling actvities going on maybe i could join instead.... Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile

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