A Catholic priest allegedly pilfered money from the collection plate to pay for drugs and the company of a bodybuilder S&M “master,” a new lawsuit charges.
A lawsuit has been filed at the Manhattan Supreme Court against Rev. Peter Miqueli, accusing the pastor of stealing over $1 million in donations from churches where he worked to pay for sex with his gay lover.
The NY Post adds:
Miqueli also spent $60,000 in 2012 alone for “illicit and prescription drugs” he used with Crist, bought a $264,000 home in Brick, NJ, and paid $1,075.50 a month for his master’s East Harlem apartment, court papers say.
The Plaintiffs’ lawyer Michael G. Dowd alleges that Miqueli had Crist living in the rectory at St. Frances de Chantal but that Crist had since been kicked out.
The suit also charges that the Archdiocese of New York and Cardinal Timothy Dolan knew about Miqueli’s “illegal scheme” and did nothing to stop it from growing into “the monster it is today.”
“This lawsuit seeks to finally put an end to this truly sinful conduct so that St. Frances de Chantal parish can regain the strength, spirituality and faith it once had before Father Miqueli arrived,” the court papers say.
Miqueli allegedly stole money raised to buy a new pipe organ at his former church, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini on Roosevelt Island and even put Crist in charge of the Cabrini thrift shop, where Miqueli “misappropriated and diverted money . . . for his own personal use” and destroyed financial records to cover up the theft, the suit says.
An on-and-off girlfriend of Crist’s, Tatyana Gudin, told The Post that the hulking bodybuilder once hurt his knees while having sex with Miqueli in a bathtub.
The suit seeks unspecified damages from Miqueli, Crist, Dolan and the archdiocese on grounds that include negligent supervision, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and unjust enrichment.
Dowd said, “I feel really bad for the parishioners,” and he estimated that Miqueli “had to have taken $1 million from each parish.”
We’ve done a lot of homework. This is a bad guy,” Dowd said.
He added, “The thing that’s really amazing to me is: How could this guy be acting this way for nine years or so and the archdiocese does nothing?”
A spokesman for the archdiocese said it “has . . . taken these allegations seriously and has been investigating them.”