Priest accused of stealing $200,000-plus from Broward church resigns

Posted: 7:51 AM, Aug 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-20 17:04:16Z

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida priest has resigned after being accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the church.

The Archdiocese of Miami said in a statement that Father Henryk Pawelec has paid the money back to St. Coleman Catholic Church in Pompano Beach. But he still could face legal action after the church reported the incident to the state attorney's office.

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said in a statement that the breach of trust "saddens and disappoints" him.

The Sun Sentinel  reports  the archdiocese received reports that Pawelec was diverting money and reviewed the congregation's financial records. He agreed to resign on Wednesday.

Parish Administrator Father Michael Garcia has taken Pawelec's place.