The Reverend Peter Miqueli, a Catholic priest, is accused of stealing over a million dollars from the collection plate to pay for drugs and sex with his S&M master, Keith Crist.
He is accused to stealing the money while working as pastor of churches on Roosevelt Island and in The Bronx — where he remains, for now, as pastor of St. Frances de Chantal.
The lawsuit ALLEGES Miqueli used the money to act out fantasies of being a sex “slave” for the ironically named Christ, er, Crist, spending up to $1,000 at a time on bondage-and-discipline sessions where Crist “would force Father Miqueli to drink his urine. In addition, Miqueli is accused of spending $60,000 in stolen funds for drugs, another $264,000 for a home for himself, and some $1,075.50 a month in rent for Crist’s East Harlem apartment. He is even accused of, at one point, moving Crist into the rectory … tee hee … rectory … to live with him.
And it all broke when, back in summer of 2014, maintenance workers at St. Frances de Chantal saw “several unstacked piles of cash, each approximately one foot high, scattered throughout Father Miqueli’s rectory residence.”
But what makes this even more delicious, is that the suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court , also charges that the Archdiocese of New York and Cardinal Timothy Dolan — a virulently anti-gay Catholic leader — knew all about Miqueli’s “illegal scheme” and did nothing to stop it.
The suit seeks unspecified damages from Father Miqueli, Keith Crist, Cardinal Dolan and the archdiocese on grounds that include negligent supervision, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and unjust enrichment. Naturally, a spokesman for the archdiocese says it “has . . . taken these allegations seriously and has been investigating them.”
You know, kinda like the way they “investigated” all those charges of child rape by moving the rapists from parish to parish to protect them.