Embezzling priest gets 27 months: ‘It’s … my destiny’

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The Rev. Edward Belczak was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison for stealing $573,000 from a Michigan church where he had served as pastor for decades. Photo courtesy of USA Today

The Rev. Edward Belczak was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison for stealing $573,000 from a Michigan church where he had served as pastor for decades. Photo courtesy of USA Today

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DETROIT -- Despite the revelations, friends and parishioners continued to reach out to the priest, letting him live in their homes and asking for private counseling even when he was banned from performing public church services.

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  • Adam Rasmussen

    If those who know the details can confirm the sincerity of his contrition, the church should show him mercy by not laicizing him. Of course, he must still make just restitution and should not be entrusted with public ministry. Jesus does not merely ask us to show mercy, he commands us.

  • Living Water

    Sorry, Adam. The guy should be fired on the spot and defrocked. Your idea of showing mercy is that the church should really do nothing.