A popular Catholic priest known for his devotion to his parish and work with the homeless, was sentenced to three years and one month in prison on Friday, after he used parish funds for gambling. Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe, 59, who was parish priest at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, was convicted of taking $650,000 (£424,000) to support his gambling habit.
His defence lawyer, Margaret Stanish, said, "Some supporters see the potential for something good to come from the realization that their trusted spiritual leader also suffers from human frailty, a frailty that merits forgiveness in accordance with their religious beliefs."
The Rev. Kovalcin from the Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas stated, “He must repair the damage he has caused and heal the people he has hurt. He cannot do that from a prison confinement.”