North Palm Beach Priest Accused of Stealing $895 Picture Frame Leaves Parish, Asks for "Prayers and Understanding"

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Sandwiched between "Thou shalt not commit adultery" and "Thou shalt not bear false witness" on one of two stone tablets allegedly presented to Moses on Mt. Sinai, God clearly listed "Thou shalt not steal" as one of the Ten Commandments.

For one Catholic priest in North Palm Beach, however, the warning was seemingly lost in translation.

Rev. Giuseppe Savaia has left St. Clare parish "to tend to personal duress" and clear his name as an alleged shoplifter, according to WPTV NewsChannel 5.

The 43-year-old priest is accused of stealing an $895 picture frame from Neiman Marcus on December 9, 2011. A few days later, the clergyman was arrested at Sawgrass Mills after video surveillance caught Savaia stealing two $400 designer coats from Neiman Marcus Last Call.

"As some of you are aware, two accusations of shoplifting have been made against me for which I maintain my innocence," Savaia writes in a letter addressed to parishioners. "Both incidents occurred in December 2011. I was taken into custody for one in December and not even aware of the other until this week at which time I voluntarily surrendered myself."

Savaia is asking the St. Clare parishioners for "prayers and understanding." If convicted, however, he'll likely be asking a judge for leniency.




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Pnh444
Pnh444

There is much more to this story than was ever published. The individual in this article was under the influence of Ambien as prescribed by his family doctor.

To all of you who made judgements without knowing all of the facts(especially the parishioners of St. Clare - and specifically the man who spoke out in the Sun-Sentinel article - shame on you! That man should be more concerned about his own dirty dealings especially within his own family. He lashed out in anger to a newspaper against a priest who never did anything to him or to anyone else.

I am shocked that there was so much coverage of this incident; especially after the truth was revealed to the parishioners of St. Clare and that was not reported in your newspaper.

Victor Gonzalez
Victor Gonzalez

Actually, judges are the only folks who can judge. Giuseppe's alleged crimes were well out of God's jurisdiction, being that it happened in real life. Therefore, he'll have to answer in a court of law, not make believe. 

Dlomendo
Dlomendo

I saw the video and it is NOT Father Giuseppe. There are so many people that look alike..People  ..WAKE UP. Satan is out there and will go for bielivers, starting with people closer to God. Also, the only one who can judge is God. Whoever is free of sin cast the first stone...  

Fqs9000
Fqs9000

At least he has good taste.

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gimmesamore
gimmesamore

I'm sure the picture frame was for a photo of him with some poor little alter boy.  I'm sure he will just pop up in a church across the country after he takes a plea.  There's only one thief in the Catholic church -- everyone else is just trying to get their shit back...

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Hey... Give the guy a break.  Normally, when you think of Catholic priests, you think of the systemic sexual abuse of young boys. So, in a way and criminally speaking, this is an improvement.

PatR
PatR

shame shame shame on you

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

i saw it and it was.  so there

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

tell you what, dumb fuck... just leave your Visa card with the good father...  let us know how that works out for you.

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