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Court tells priest who gambled parish money to keep menial job

A judge on Thursday told the Rev. John F. Regan he must continue working his court-ordered factory job, possibly for two more years. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / June 9, 2011)

A judge on Thursday told the Rev. John F. Regan he must continue working his court-ordered factory job, possibly for two more years. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / June 9, 2011)

A priest working at a factory to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars he stole from his parish and then gambled away heard some straightforward counsel Thursday from a judge: Don’t quit your day job.

DuPage County Judge John Kinsella ordered the Rev. John Regan to continue working at his low-wage job, which Kinsella mandated as part of Regan’s 2011 sentence on theft charges. Regan and his attorney appeared before the judge Thursday, seeking court approval for Regan to return to full-time ministry work and quit his $9-an-hour job in a Joliet air filter factory.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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