BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) A Roman Catholic bishop accused of misusing money from two special funds apologized and said he found a benefactor who will restore what he spent.
Bishop Edward Braxton, head of the Diocese of Belleville, said he bought a new table and chairs for a conference room and new vestments and altar linens for the Cathedral of St. Paul, believing he had "some discretionary power" over how money in the funds was spent.
Braxton spent about $8,000 on the ceremonial garments using money donated to a Vatican fund called the Propagation of the Faith, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
He used about $10,000 from a "Future Full of Hope" fund for children and adults to buy a new table and chairs for a conference room, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.
In the last few weeks, pastoral groups in the 104,000-member, 124-parish diocese had asked Braxton to address the claims of misspending.