Bishop Apologizes for Spending from Restricted Funds

Associated Press, carried on WQAD
January 22, 2008

BELLEVILLE, Ill. - A Roman Catholic bishop in Belleville, Illinois, accused of misusing donations to two special funds is apologizing today.

Edward Braxton is bishop of the Diocese of Belleville. He says he's found a benefactor whose donation will replenish both funds completely.

In a statement, Braxton says he thought he had discretion over how money donated to two special funds was spent.

He says he bought a new table and chairs for a conference room and new vestments and altar linens for a Cathedral.

Braxton says he regrets the resulting confusion, mistrust and anger.

He says he'll be working with the diocese's Finance Council to make sure similar problems don't happen again.


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