Catholic nun stole cash from churches, and a priest is arrested for swindling a Rome hospital

AN ALBION, New York nun faces a jail sentence after she pleaded guilty on Monday in Orleans County Court to grand larceny.

Sister Mary Anne Rapp reportedly stole almost $130,000 from two churches to feed her gambling addiction. The 68-year-old admitted she stole the money from St Mary’s Church in Holley and St Mark’s Church in Kendall from March 2006 to April 2011.

She faces up to six months in jail when she’s sentenced July 1. She’ll also be required to pay restitution that would be worked out at a later date.

Rapp was arrested in November after discrepancies were found during an audit. Investigators said she stole the money to feed a gambling addiction and spent the money at western New York casinos.

Meanwhile, it was reported here that Italian police have arrested a priest accused pilfering €4m (£2.76m) from a Catholic hospital he ran.  He is also said to to have run up €600m in debts that forced it into bankruptcy.

The Rev Franco Decaminada

The Rev Franco Decaminada

The Rev Franco Decaminada, who until 2011 was the Chief Executive of the IDI dermatological hospital in Rome, is now under house arrest. The police.also detained two other people while seizing a Tuscan villa that police say Decaminada built with the stolen dosh.

The plight of 1,500 IDI workers who haven’t received salaries for months prompted Ex-Benedict  – in one of his last acts as Pope – to nominate a delegate to take over the religious order that owned the hospital to try to nurse it back to financial health.

But in the end the Vatican refused to provide any financial assistance and last week a Rome court declared the hospital bankrupt.

IDI workers have occupied the hospital’s management area and are buying food to help needy co-workers while continuing to work without pay in hopes of saving their jobs.

Bartolomeo Di Gregorio, 56, a biomedical lab technician, said:

After years of suffering and eight months without salary, we at least have the satisfaction of seeing that justice is starting to work.

He welcomed the arrival of Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi as the papal delegate to head the religious order – the Congregation for the Children of the Immaculate Conception – which runs the hospital, but said in the end it didn’t help “because we went into bankruptcy anyway”.

The problems at the IDI are the latest in a series of financial scandals at Catholic-run health facilities in Italy that, while not directly involving the Vatican, have links to its No 2, the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

According to leaked Vatican correspondence, Bertone looked into investing money from the Vatican bank into a failing Milan hospital, the San Raffaele, in 2011 after it accumulated millions in debt because of mismanagement. In the end, the hospital went to outside investors.

But Bertone’s apparent interest in building up a Vatican healthcare network in Italy has been cited as evidence of his own administrative failings in running the Holy See by focusing too much on small Italian problems and not on global Church issues.

Last Thursday, Decaminada’s order sought to distance itself from his crimes, saying it was a victim in the case and it was co-operating with investigators. It stressed that “no member of the congregation ever saw or visited the home in Tuscany built by Father Decaminada” and its construction was never authorised.

And while on the subject of Catholic dishonesty, it is reported here that priests in Ireland and the Vatican have been identified as major downloaders of pirated movies and porn.

Hat Tip: BarrieJohn (nun report) and Glenn (piracy report)

20 responses to “Catholic nun stole cash from churches, and a priest is arrested for swindling a Rome hospital”

  1. Ex Patriot says:

    This does not come as a big surprise. The RCC makes the Mafia look like kindergarden

  2. barriejohn says:

    Religion is such a force for good in the world, don’t you think?

  3. Broga says:

    I think Frankie’s problems will be much the same as Ratzi’s: thieving priests and nuns, obsession with sex – real or vicarious, cheating and ruining the establishments they are supposed to be helping and sanctimonious and hypocritical liars while they are at it. Frankie is going to need to do some serious praying. With the inveterate criminals who infest his church he has no other option. Of course, his own hands are far from clean. Happy days and plus ca change etc……

  4. JohnMWhite says:

    You’d think an institution claiming to follow Jesus would turn the other cheek and forgive the thieves their trespasses, or at least be charitable enough to pump some money into the hospitals to keep their staff from going without a salary and their patients going without care. I await Ken and MaryD explaining how the Vatican doing what appears to be the opposite of their duty is actually a good thing.

  5. Stephen Mynett says:

    The rcc are about to make one of the biggest confidence trickters of all time a saint, so why should they worry about his. Thanks to the sycophant Malcolm Muggeridge and his odious documentary, the Albanian poison dwarf was able to fleece people of millions, possibly billions, with very little, or none, going to help the people it was supposedly collected for.

    She was also happy to hang around despots and take money from criminals. Perhaps our of the religionists could enlighten me, is there a patron saint of Mammon, if not I have a candidate.

  6. AgentCormac says:

    A criminal institution. Nothing less.

  7. Matt Westwood says:

    I was going to mention Mammon but I see Stephen Mynett got there before me… clearly there’s an underlying truth buried here somewhere …

  8. tony e says:

    @Stephen Mynett

    In case you have not seen it before, here is
    the documentary that Hitch did on Teresa.


  9. Trevor Blake says:

    I estimate a more than zero percent chance the nun is taking the heat for someone else’s crime. Not that such a someone else isn’t elbow-deep in the business of the Roman Catholic Church.

    History buffs might like to learn about P2.

  10. Stuart W says:

    Am I the only one who immediately thought of a character from the film ‘Nuns on the Run’ called Sister Mary who had drinking and gambling problems and blew £50K set aside for a drugs rehab centre on the horses? Then there is the real-life case of British former nun Colleen McCabe (aka The Thieving Headmistress).

  11. Robster says:

    It’s at the stage now that ANY person with a priestly vocation is assumed to be either a kiddy fiddler or a crook. I do feel a wee bit sorry about the small percentage of clerics that do not fall into these categories, so perhaps it would be best for the few honest clergy remaining to get out while they can and pursue other interests.

  12. Marky Mark says:

    Always has been,always will be…money for nothing.

    There is a good chance Ken and MaryD are the same person. Compare their writing style.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Stuart W: Hahaha – when I sent that story to Barry I sad “Wasn’t this a Robbie Coltrane film?”. Great minds think alike!

    S Mynett: I don’t know what happened to Muggeridge – former editor of Punch who “found God” and was transmogrified into a gullible, sanctimonious Punch-like character himself. His son was a member of the Plymouth Brethren , and so-called “Missionary to Easern Europe” (what did they ever do to deserve that?), and I think he had something to do with the senile old fool’s conversion.

  14. AgentCormac says:

    More questions being raised concerning what Frankie knew about ‘los ninos desaparecidos’ in Argentina. I have a feeling this one will run and run.

  15. Georgina says:

    How can anyone spend €600m in one lifetime!

  16. barriejohn says:

    Georgina: The money was spent on the hospital, but I’d like to give it a go!

  17. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: Interesting link on Frankie and the lost children. It’s beginning to look as if Frankie is more obviously linked to dirty deeds than was Ratzi. The evidence is more recent, the people still around and bitter and the facts more accessible. Kissing people’s feet and whining about his commitment to the poor is coming to be seen for what it is: a play for acceptance of holiness and humility. It isn’t working. With what is now being revealed it looks more bogus all the time. I suppose they are downloading all that porn as a distraction in the Vatican.

  18. AgentCormac says:


    At the end of the day, I regrettably believe that the world’s new pope will have his culpability in the Argentinian atrocities swept under the carpet and there will be enough obfuscation created to ensure the subject never gets properly resolved. Despite the intolerable distress and heartache suffered by the bereaved, the RCC will never accept that Frankie had a part to play.

    However, he has already made two overt, personal commitments by which we can really judge his integrity. The first being: ‘a poor church for poor people’. So, when will we witness the vatican’s immense wealth being redistributed to the poorest people around the world? The very people they stole from in the first place? Don’t hold your breath!

    The second of his commitments is to prosecute the RCC’s child abusers. Again, I think we may well go blue in the face before the RCC does anything to put its own detestable house in order. We shall see.

    At the end of the day, Frankie and his vatican PR spin doctors may well create enough smoke and mirrors to ensure there’s no shit sticks from his time with the Argentinian junta. But from now on he has no choice but to live up to the words that he himself has uttered as pope.

  19. Stephen Mynett says:

    Tony E, thanks for the link, have seen it but worth watching again. His book “The Missionary Position” is a good one as well.

    BJ, it always seems to be the way that people who get god are often far worse than the life-long biblicos. I loved the answer to Muggeridge supposedly witness a miracle when there was a spooky light on the film shot inside Theresa’s black hole of Calcutta. He and most of the idiots tried to ignore the camera man, who pointed out it was too dark for normal film but he had been given a prototype high-speed film Kodak were working on. No miracle, just one of the first fast-films to work in poor light situations.

  20. K says:

    The hospital businesses are not so much about investments and money (but apparently also), but the main aim is to take over health care in order to practically force people to comply with their teachings jsut because no alternative is availabe. This is the case in more than one region in the US. It’s main effect are women’s restricted access to health care especially when pregnant and regarding reproduction, no choice in dying, but also pressure for people not living in the catholic universe (not married parents, gay couples, people who don’t want to be religiously molested when they’re sick in hospital, etc.).