Chaput addresses alleged embezzlement from the archdiocese

| February 4, 2012

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Friday that he was angry that "a senior member of the archdiocesan staff stole more than $900,000 of our people's resources," but was relieved the missing money would have relatively little impact on the Catholic Church here.

"As bitter as this loss is, insurance will cover most of it," he wrote in his weekly column, posted on the archdiocesan website. "This is little comfort and absolves no one," he added, but "at least some of the damage will be made whole."

In July, the archdiocese fired its chief financial officer, Anita Guzzardi, after learning that money had vanished over more than six years. The Inquirer reported Sunday that much of what she has been accused of taking was spent on gambling in Atlantic City and on vacations, then paid for with checks from the archdiocese.

Catholic Social Services, Catholic Health Care Services, and similar ministries "suffered no loss from the theft," Chaput said, because they are incorporated separately from the archdiocese.

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