NJ Priest Resigns After Allegedly ‘Borrowing’ $500,000 Of Church Funds

SOMERSET, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Parishioners of Saint Matthias Church in Somerset called him “Father Doug.”

They’re shocked to learn that $500,000 of church funds has gone missing.

Rev. Douglas Haefner allegedly confessed he “borrowed” it, reported CBS2’s Dave Carlin.

priest NJ Priest Resigns After Allegedly Borrowing $500,000 Of Church Funds

Rev. Douglas Haefner (credit: stmatthias.net)

“It is with sadness that I must inform you that Father’s resignation coincides with serious questions and concerns that recently have been raised regarding the handling of parish finances,” Bishop James Checchio wrote to parishioners. “Father came to me about his own health problems and these financial issues in recent weeks and has expressed his sorrow for his actions and for letting us all down.”

“Father Haefner will seek treatment in a committed effort to regain his health, which many of you are aware has been in decline…

Original published: 2018-11-08 17:30:53 Read the full New York City News here

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