Update on the Nolin case

Update on the Nolin case

Remember the case last year of the ex-con Paul Nolin who allegedly killed 20-year-old Jonathan Wessner in Falmouth, Mass.? At least two priests were connected to the case: Nolin’s former therapist in state prison and the pastor of a Falmouth parish with whom Nolin was alleged to have had a sexual relationship. I haven’t heard much about it recently, except for this article over the weekend about the latter priest’s current problems. Father Bernard Kelly, accused of stealing from his most recent parish in Falmouth, is also accused of stealing at least $127,500 from a parish in Wellfleet.

Kelly, 71, has already admitted misspending at least $50,000 at St. Joseph’s Parish in Falmouth. Auditors found $800,000 in unexplained expenses at that church earlier this year. That spurred auditors to examine the financial records at Our Lady of Lourdes in Wellfleet, where Kelly was pastor from 1987 to 1997. The Wellfleet church closed in 2000.

The Diocese of Fall River filed a civil suit against Kelly and holds a lien on his $1 million Cape Cod farm, and Kelly’s lawyer says they’re negotiating a settlement.

Money, sex, power, and crime all seem to go together all too often, don’t they?

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli

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