May 18, 2006

Roman Catholic Priest Resigns Amid Probe

San Francisco Chronicle

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

(05-17) 21:23 PDT Stamford, Conn. (AP) --

A Roman Catholic priest resigned amid suspicions of financial wrongdoing and questions about his "suitability for priestly ministry," church officials said Wednesday.

The Rev. Michael Jude Fay of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Darien resigned upon request after a preliminary review by the Diocese of Bridgeport, Bishop William E. Lori said.

The bishop's announcement came the same day a private investigator gave results of his investigation to Darien police. Investigator Vito Colucci Jr. said he documented at least $200,000 in church money used to pay for Fay's lifestyle with a male companion.

Posted by kshaw at May 18, 2006 06:03 PM