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St. Mary on the Hill assistant pastor accused of stealing money

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 10:12 PM
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An assistant pastor of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church has been placed on administrative leave for stealing about $1,700 in tuition payments from the church’s office, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savan­nah says.

The Rev. Avery Hanna, a native of the Bahamas, admitted to the thefts, according to a statement from the diocese. The thefts happened over several weeks, the diocese said.

According to the statement, Hanna has been removed from St. Mary on the Hill and will reside at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah pending the outcome of his criminal case and a ruling on his immigration status.

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southern2
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southern2 11/11/13 - 07:21 am
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Especially sad when men of

Especially sad when men of the cloth go bad. Who else on earth is left to trust?

haveyouheard
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haveyouheard 11/11/13 - 07:38 am
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Sounds fishy to me

Sounds fishy to me

haveyouheard
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haveyouheard 11/11/13 - 07:38 am
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Sounds fishy to me

Sounds fishy to me

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/11/13 - 07:40 am
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I thought these guys

took vows of poverty. A shame when men of the cloth go bad.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/11/13 - 08:24 am
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Sadly the "calling" may not come from GOD these days. Money
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does most of the calling in organized religion.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/11/13 - 08:25 am
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Organized religion & a personal relationship with GOD are two
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entirely different things. One is based on money. One if based on GOD. You cannot serve both GOD and the world system.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/11/13 - 08:36 am
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Sticky Fingers can be found anywhere

Any place---any where-- any how.

gbhs
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gbhs 11/11/13 - 09:35 am
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This is really sad. My

This is really sad. My prayers go out to everyone involved.

Rather
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Rather 11/11/13 - 09:37 am
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In training

He was in training to be President.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 11/11/13 - 11:06 am
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Too bad Christopher Hitchens

Too bad Christopher Hitchens isn't around to comment.
http://youtu.be/o3766TOukRo

jimmymac
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jimmymac 11/11/13 - 12:53 pm
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PRIESTS
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Priests do not have to take a vow of poverty. Some monks and nuns however usually have too.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/11/13 - 12:55 pm
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Monks take the poverty/chastity/obedience vow

We just hope that our priests will live with a similar commitment to chastity, simplicity, faithfulness and honesty. This is very sad and a huge disappointment for more people that you might realize.

And for my fellow Christians, this awful lapse should remind all of us how important it is to pray for our priests and clergymen/women on a regular basis. They are always at the forefront of any attack against Christianity or against Christians in general, and they deal with every temptation that any of us faces and often with fewer resources to help them resist. They have made the kind of commitment that essentially puts a bull's eye on their backs for the world, the flesh and the devil to shoot at.

marylou22
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marylou22 11/11/13 - 03:25 pm
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They are always at the

They are always at the forefront of any attack on Christianity??? How about the ones that raped the little boys?? I guess that was just an attack on Christianity too

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thauch12 11/11/13 - 03:57 pm
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For starters, it's pretty bad

For starters, it's pretty bad to steal from a house of God, and even worse when done by a clergyman. That being said, he is a human at the end of the day and as such, he faces temptation and is prone to sin just like anyone.

More likely than not, Fr. Hanna never took a vow of poverty because not all priests/religious do (only certain orders). Does that change anything? No, not really.

As for the despicable things that happened to young children at the hands of some (and by some, I mean an insanely small percent when one looks at the big picture), it really has nothing to do with the matter at hand...

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/11/13 - 04:52 pm
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No, MaryLou, and what a craven comment that was.

What those pedophile priests did was horrible, abominable and is being totally condemned by everyone with a conscience. They have been investigated, booted out and turned over to the authorities for years and years now. And now, every single person who is to be allowed any kind of contact with children in a Catholic Church setting or activity must complete "Virtus Training" so as to ensure this doesn't happen in the future, insofar as that is humanly possible.

You tell me, MaryLou, if you can get past your outrage at all priests and Catholics, and perhaps even all Christians, because the detestable sins of a tiny percentage of priests, what other organization--secular or religious--has done anything like what the Catholic Church has done to ferret out pedophiles and abusers and pay reparation to their victims? To the tune of billions of dollars. Anything but crickets?

Don't bother, hon. No one else has even begun to address their own failures and cover-ups, not even close.

But you sure did swallow the main sleaze media take on this horrific scandal, hook, line and sinker. I wonder if you would bite quite as hard on another organization, perhaps such as Penn State? Do you rant about those people who just let it all happen for years? I haven't noticed much comment about Penn State lately, have you? But mention the Catholic Church or a priest of any kind and by golly every piece of outrage flies like spit from the mouths of anyone who thinks they know something, even if they're just sporting an opinion.

And everyone has an opinion, even if it's not informed or valid, even if it's just flat out bigotry, and boy does the Catholic Church get a lot of that these days, even, amazingly, from the President of the United States.

faithson
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faithson 11/11/13 - 05:44 pm
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fiat

understand where your coming from. but one point has been completely missed in the 'church debacle'. The true and honest mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maximam culpa, that the leadership of the church MUST embrace. I truly believe that all bishops and cardinals should have to where sack cloth and ashes for 3 days in penance for the great sin they have brought upon the Church. humble themselves before Christ's bride. period.

faithson
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faithson 11/11/13 - 05:49 pm
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as to the Father who has been

as to the Father who has been accused of thievery, I pray he was caught in a 'doing something bad to create a good'. does not justify the lapse in judgement, just looking at the motive.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/11/13 - 05:53 pm
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And who the heck do you think you are

Faithson, to be prescribing penance measures for anyone else?

Are you Catholic? Has God somehow given you authority over all those men's souls and put you in the position to decide what is appropriate for them to display beyond what they have and are doing? Most of the men you would have wearing sackcloth weren't even bishops when this abuse was taking place, and the laws regarding how to handle reports were much different even 10 years ago than they are now.

But hey, I know a lot of people believe someone ought to pay regardless of whether or not they have any responsibility or guilt, and retroactive punishment also seems to make sense to that same crowd, so enlightened they be.

And I'm not persuaded you would recognize genuine humility if it walked up and kissed you. I think you just have an opinion to go along with, well, your opinion. Thank the Lord you don't actually have any power.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/11/13 - 06:03 pm
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Fait_Lux

Thanks.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/11/13 - 07:15 pm
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Obviously a poor pastor

Obviously a poor pastor convinced by Obama of wealth redistribution. Just redistributing the wealth a little. What would be weird was if the pastor used the money for some great good deed so the stealing is "justified"-end justifies the means. Dang more progressive bullcrap.

faithson
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faithson 11/11/13 - 09:40 pm
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fiat

flat in the middle of it all is what I know. tell my friend that the guy who was molesting his brother did not have the tacit approval of the leadership. I, on the other hand went to the leadership. and they did NOTHING. only years later when addressing said leadership on my and my friends issues did I come to understand the institution's 'policy'. WAIT until the lawyers MAKE us come to terms, don't just take it to the people, honestly.

faithson
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faithson 11/11/13 - 09:53 pm
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but did he loose the 'kingdom'...

In gaining an entrance into the kingdom of heaven, it is the motive that counts. 'My Father looks into the hearts of men and judges by their inner longings and their sincere intentions.'
UB

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/13/13 - 09:35 am
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@Faithson

You are right to be outraged by what happened to you and your friend's brother, and to the total lack of response. A member of my own family endured much the same. It is essential, however, to remember that all are not guilty for the sins of one, and that up until relatively recently, there were no good or standard mechanisms for dealing with pedophiles, priest or otherwise.

Bishops removed or moved priests, issued stern warnings and were promised "never again", but absolutely no one knew that pedophiles are not able to make and keep that kind of promise.

For you, the big thing is to quit throwing all priests and the whole of the Catholic Church into the same heap that the pedophiles and the criminally passive belong in. It's not just, and it only serves to undermine the good that has and is being done on this front. The Catholic Church, absolutely alone in this regard, has taken responsibility for these horrible men, and for the lapses in oversight by bishops. It has transferred a huge amount of its wealth to victims and wrapped it in the kind of mea culpa you will never hear from any other institution, not even another religious institution. You probably already know this.

The hatred, though, really isn't hurting anyone but you, which you also probably know.

faithson
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faithson 11/12/13 - 09:40 am
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fiat

yes, my disdain overcomes my better self when this subject comes up. Is there good, does good get done.. for sure. Have changes been made, yes. It is just how the old guard pushed so much of this under the rug until the rug could hold no more, and it was the jewish lawyers, at least in my case that brought it to light.

faithson
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faithson 11/12/13 - 09:42 am
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fiat

yes, my disdain overcomes my better self when this subject comes up. Is there good, does good get done.. for sure. Have changes been made, yes. It is just how the old guard pushed so much of this under the rug until the rug could hold no more, and it was the jewish lawyers, at least in my case that brought it to light.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 11/12/13 - 04:38 pm
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FiatLux: 1) is either a

FiatLux:
1) is either a catholic priest, bishop or Cardinal.
2) is being paid (big time) by the Catholic Church
3) has the most severe case of cognitive dissonance in human history
There is no 4th choice.
I mean, how can a rational human being defend the indefensible? What kind of mental gymnastics must one perform in thier mind to even step foot in a Catholic Church?

lsmith
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lsmith 11/12/13 - 05:47 pm
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All the priests in America
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All the priests in America and they had to import one from the Bahamas? Immigration status in question?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/12/13 - 05:53 pm
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@GAD, Can't you read?

I'm sure with your rabid distaste for all things Christian, you can't be expected to be rational and to read with understanding, but one still hopes for better.

And if you don't want to set foot in a Catholic Church because it's populated with sinners, by all means don't. Good luck finding any place with better people and fewer sinners.

And, just out of curiosity, how did you manage to escape being a sinner yourself? Clearly, you don't need a church since you are without sin and therefore able to hand out sweeping judgement on the whole Catholic Church.

I'm impressed. Really.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/12/13 - 07:19 pm
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Excellent Fiat!

Excellent Fiat!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 11/13/13 - 01:10 am
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People who speak the truth

People who speak the truth about the evil Carholic church are hateful.

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