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Stealing From God? Former Catholic Church Official Indicted

Edward J. Arsenault III has agreed to plead guilty and is expected to serve prison time.

Edward J. Arsenault III. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Edward J. Arsenault III. Source: Wikimedia Commons
By Marc Fortier

A former senior official in the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he stole from the Archdiocese.

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster and U.S. Attorney John Kacavas announced in a press release that three waivers of indictment charging Edward J. Arsenault III with theft by unauthorized taking were filed Monday. 

The waivers state that between Jan. 1, 2005 and March 15, 2013, Arsenault committed the crime of theft by unauthorized taking by knowingly exercising unauthorized control over the property of the Bishop of Manchester. The aggregated amount of the theft exceeded $1,500.

Arsenault is also alleged to have committed the crime of theft by unauthorized taking by knowingly exercising unauthorized control over the property of the Catholic Medical Center between Feb. 1 2009 and June 30 2010. Again, the aggregated amount of the theft exceeded $1,500.

The Rockingham County waiver alleges that between June 13, 2010 and Feb. 8, 2012, Arsenault committed the crime of theft by unauthorized taking by knowingly exercising unauthorized control over the property of the Estate of Reverend Monsignor John E. Molan. The aggregated amount of that theft also exceeded $1,500.

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Rev-Henry Bates February 03, 2014 at 02:42 PM
"Stealing from God" is a silly statement. He is stealing from the people who gave money for the work of the church.
John Santaella February 03, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Why is this in the Teaneck Patch? Just anti-Catholism? I've no dog in this fight either. I'm a non-believer.
Beachie February 03, 2014 at 02:46 PM
or in the brick patch?
Marc Acampora February 03, 2014 at 02:59 PM
He stole from people, not his invisible friend in the sky.
Troy February 03, 2014 at 03:15 PM
Now to local news... in New Hampshire.
my world February 03, 2014 at 04:08 PM
hey god helps thoses who help themselves so prayers answered. plus theres,a lot of word play in this write up.
Phil Brooks February 03, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Or in the Ridgewood/Glen Rock Patch? // Though the phrase someone has "more money than God" might apply as the Catholic Church is one of the biggest businesses out there, to use the term "stealing from God," even with a question mark attached is highly inaccurate and inappropriate.
Traci A February 03, 2014 at 05:35 PM
For folks complaining about non-local news. Get used to it. Chances are, your local Patch editor has been let go (via voicemail--stay class, Patch!). I follow the Facebook pages of 2 local Patch sites here in MN and editors of both posted good-bye messages about a week ago. No real info given, but then I found this: http://mashable.com/2014/01/29/patch-layoffs-hundreds-audio/
Fran February 03, 2014 at 05:35 PM
@Rev- Henry Bates. I believe you are wrong. Read Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Mr. Logical February 03, 2014 at 05:36 PM
That explains the big smile.
macgeek February 03, 2014 at 05:59 PM
our money is gods. so that statement makes perfect sense. everything we have comes from God
TRIXY TRUTHSEEKER February 03, 2014 at 05:59 PM
ooh gee, there's a punishment!
Patricia Florez Schwartz February 03, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Stealing is wrong and that is the bottom line!
John Santaella February 03, 2014 at 06:33 PM
You're absolutely correct Patricia and we don't need churches or religion to tell us that.
Gloria Vanderham February 03, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Why is the NJ related?
. February 03, 2014 at 08:54 PM
The Patch is no longer committed to strictly local news.
Phil Brooks February 03, 2014 at 10:22 PM
. , But they should be committed. ;-)
John Santaella February 03, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Good point Phil.
my world February 03, 2014 at 10:48 PM
stealing is wrong patricia but banks are the exception ! right
John Santaella February 04, 2014 at 01:06 AM
Banks have Congress to back them up. So, they're stealing is legal. ;)
Rogue42 February 04, 2014 at 06:26 AM
More Catholic bashing courtesy of your Left-Wing media. How is this local news for Easton, Pa?
John Santaella February 04, 2014 at 07:34 AM
That's it. I'm done with Patch.
hf2hvit February 04, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Stealing from god? What a load... He stole from people...probably to buy off some little boy to keep his mouth shut since his mouth isn't full when the priests aren't around...
John February 05, 2014 at 05:49 PM
"The love of money is the root of all evil" . Talk to anyone who has ever owned a cash business and they will tell you a how they too had a "Fast Eddie" working for them.
John Santaella February 05, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Ask any bar owner and they'll tell you they'd rather have a relative working for them than a stranger. They'd rather have family stealing than anyone else.

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