You may recall the case of Fr. Michael Jude Fay who was the priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who resigned his pastorship after he was accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his parish. The Dallas Morning News prints a New York Times followup on the case highlighting Fay’s extravagant lifestyle, his aloof and arrogant behavior, his relationship with a New York wedding consultant, and more.
Fay was brought down, not because of a diocesan investigation into parish funds, but because the parish bookkeeper and his pastoral associate hired a private investigator and then turned the information over to the police. What they found was that Fay had been given the plum assignment at St. John’s in Darien, Connecticut in 1991, that he had remained there past the usual term for pastors and that the diocese had not audited the parish’s books in violation of the diocese’s own policies. Why?
The diocese says that Bishop William Lori may have given him some slack because Fay had been diagnosed with cancer, but does that really explain it? Fay had been given responsibilities above and beyond his pastorship—serving as the only priest on the diocesan sexual review board, for instance—and was well known for his extravagant and lavish spending.
A list of Fay’s alleged excesses