- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

KINGSTON, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania church officials say a parish priest has resigned after an alleged misuse of church funds.

The Diocese of Scranton says Rev. John Chmil at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola has resigned after telling church leaders he misused money. The diocese says about $130,000 was misspent.

Chmil told church officials he misused the funds last month, but he says they were used for charitable purposes.

The Luzerne County District Attorney’s office says they were asked to investigate the case.

Chmil’s resignation was announced at the end of Mass this Sunday. Officials say St. Ignatius’ former pastor, Rev. John Polednak, is serving as the temporary administrator of the church.

The diocese says they hope to have a new pastor by next month, and they are working to restore the money.

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