Canadian priest claims to have gambled away funds for Iraqi refugees

Police in Canada have launched an investigation after a Catholic priest in southern Ontario claimed he had gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars earmarked for refugees fleeing violence and persecution in Iraq.

Church officials went to police after Father Amer Saka, a priest at the St Joseph Chaldean Catholic church in London, Ontario, allegedly told his bishop in late February that as much as C$500,000 ($380,000) meant for refugees coming to Canada had disappeared.

“I said ‘How?’” Bishop Emanuel Shaleta told the Toronto Star. “He said ‘Gambling’.”

  • Exile1981

    So that means they can’t bring as many over?

    • Evidently Citizenship & Immigration has de-prioritized Syrian refugees, every one else wanting in to our white racist colonialist hegemonist hell hole of a nation was getting upset.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That’s called public service, my friend.
      Gimme some of that Syrian regurtitree money I want to go on a bender this weekend.

  • Ron MacDonald

    He may have done Canada a favour.

  • I wonder whether the intended refugees are Muslim or not. Surely Chaldean Catholics could have no excuse to be so stupid.

    • One hopes.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      …during the inevitable philosophizing on a backwoods expedition last year, I was informed of a theory that the Arab language itself is actually confused and duplicitius, full of double-meanings and causes rational disconnect and faulty reasoning among its users. “You can never get a straight answer from any Arab” …be they xTain or Mo-man.

      • El Martyachi

        … naturally reaching the chicken-or-egg of nature vs nurture… My default hedge position on this and many similar philosophical wastes-of-time is that a mutually reinforcing feedback loop is at play.

        BTW I just watched that 80’s Finnish version of Crime and Punishment last week. It was good!

        • Raymond Hietapakka

          Jeezils…I never knew you were along with us on that trip to hear what was actually said. The fellow was a lot more educated than your average slob, I can guarantee you that….Put your loop, up your hoop.

          • El Martyachi

            C’mon then tell me! What did your educated fellow traveler think? Is language not a reflection of those who utter it? Where exactly is the cause and effect line drawn?

          • Kaye92

            I also tend on initial analysis to think that the causation goes both ways and it’s pretty hard to determine in which direction the main force is (kind of like societal fashions in general, I guess).

            However, I would point out that some people maintain that civilization itself (or complex social organization) is dependent on a certain base level sophistication of language, and developed only after that was in place. This would further suggest that the KIND of civilization that was established was dependent on the language (so more successful civilizations – like Rome and Greece – had languages that were conducive to – what? Social organization, perhaps?)

          • El Martyachi

            There’s this “linguistic relativity” subfield. I got lost there one time in Hayakawa’s “language in thought and action” and never really came back.

          • Raymond Hietapakka
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          • El Martyachi

            Ok I read the abstract, conclusion and gave the meat a solid 2 minutes. So these guys have an AI algorithm that scores word sense disambiguation. IDK how this overlaps with what I thought we were talking about (why Arabic doesn’t make sense). You’re just messing with me.. aren’t you…

    • Waffle

      Gambling may be stupid, but it is also a curse. Be thankful if you are not so ‘blessed’.

      • I meant stupid for wanting to sponsor lots of Muslims. I would have assumed that Chaldeans have had enough of them.

        • Waffle

          Yes, it is reasonable to make such an assumption. However, reason doesn’t play a large role if you are a gambler (it’s in the genes) and our cynical, morally deficient, money-hungry governments make it only too easy to enable and encourage those who are prone to this self-destructive urge.

  • Alain

    In this case I must say that the money was better spent.

  • lolwut?


  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …not gambling…”investing”…

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    I’m just devastated that they can’t afford to bring over a whole bunch of muzzies. I know, I’ll start an online fundraising drive to recoup the money for them. Hmmm, no, I think I’ll just go fishing instead. 😀

  • WalterBannon

    Well the gambling was a much better use of that money anyway

    • Alain

      If you think about it either way was a gamble. In this case only money was lost, while in the second a lot of heads would be lost.

  • simus1

    It doesn’t sound like he was up a half mil playing Texas Hold’em when his luck somehow changed for the worse. Would be willing to make a small bet he was scammed out of it and is still clueless.he has been had.

  • Gary

    A Liberal friendly church where Jesus smoked pot , supports gay marriage and is pro-choice.

    Don’t be fooled, people have used the church as a charity and have little to do with Christ just like the arrested alleged pedophile Brent Hawkes.
    Somehow the CBC and STAR don’t find a pedophilie story worth reporting when it’s Ben Levin and Hawkes but this story is great for bashing the Church as long as they leave Justin Millions $$$ out of this for the bogus Muslim refugees.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Ayrabbs can’t think straight, because their language is a confusing f***-up…