March 05, 2005

Diocese sues priest on embezzlement charge

Herald News

Gregg M. Miliote, Herald News Staff Reporter 03/05/2005

FALL RIVER -- The Fall River Diocese has filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against a retired Cape Cod pastor accused of bilking two parishes he previously served.

Father Bernard Kelly, former pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Wood’s Hole and Our Lady of Lourdes in Wellesley, was initially placed on leave after diocesan officials learned he was being questioned by police about a grisly slaying committed by his friend, Paul Nolin.

Nolin was convicted recently of the September 2003 murder of 20-year-old Falmouth resident Jonathan Wessner. Nolin had also previously been convicted of raping a child.

During the investigation into the Wessner murder, police alleged Kelly and Nolin had a sexual relationship, something his attorneys have denied even after investigators revealed Kelly had changed his will to make Nolin one of his two main benefactors.

Posted by kshaw at March 5, 2005 03:06 AM