Parishioners Take Up Collection for Indicted Former Pastor to Spare Him Jail

He must be some pastor. Earlier this year Rev. William Blasingame of Staten Island's St. Paul's Memorial Episcopal Church was indicted for stealing about $85,000 over the years from his parish, allegedly so he could get cosmetic surgery and pay for some clothes and traffic tickets. Other alleged offenses by Blasingame, admittedly smaller, have also come to light.

Blasingame, awaiting trial, has resigned for the church, but some of his former parishioners say they're taking up a collection to pay back to the parish what the pastor allegedly took. They hope this will spare him jail time. Staten Island D.A. Donovan gently explains that this is not necessarily how it works. Still, it's quite an expression of unconditional love, especially coming from Christians.


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