Strange and Unusual STORIES
by Dr. Steven White
President of PWBC
The Priest and the Mobster
A few years ago, Eugene Klein, a Catholic priest was arrested and pleaded guilty to trying to help a convicted mob hitman (Frankie Calabrese) recover a multi-million-dollar Stradivarius violin.
Calabrese, also known as “Frankie Breeze,” was serving a life sentence at the federal prison in Springfield, Missouri, in connection with more than a dozen gangland slayings. Klein had been permitted to meet with Calabrese regularly to provide religious ministries, such as giving communion.
It appears that the priest wanted in on a piece of the action because he kept the violin discussions a secret, and he was not supposed to keep secrets like this from the Feds. So the priest got caught.
In the Old Testament, the prophet Elisha had a similar problem with a servant named Gehazi. In 2 Kings 5, we learn how he coveted the money that Naaman had offered to Elisha. Joshua also had a young man working for him named Achan, and Achan coveted after the money he found in Jericho. In the New Testament, Ananias and Sapphira also coveted after some money. They all soon met their demise, just like the priest in our story.
It’s just not worth sacrificing the blessings of God for money. Pro_28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
1Tim. 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
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