Monday, March 28, 2016

Amer Saka, Catholic Priest, Gambled Away Over $500,000 Meant For Refugees: Reports

Police in London, Ont. are investigating a Catholic priest after he allegedly gambled away over $500,000 meant for refugees.

Father Amer Saka of the St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church confessed to bishop Emanuel Shaleta last month that the money had disappeared in games of chance, The Toronto Star reported.

He was suspended right away, Shaleta told the newspaper. Saka subsequently received treatment.

Precisely how the money was gambled away isn't clear. But Shaleta believes Saka has a "serious gambling problem and that these funds may have been used for this purpose."

"Since there is an investigation going on, we cannot confirm what he's saying," he said.

Shaleta added that Saka was taken to Southdown Institute, a facility that offers addiction and mental health services for clergy members.  (more...)

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