Shuck and Jive

Friday, November 16, 2007

Render to my ex-wife what is my ex-wife's...

Caught this in the Kingsport Times-News:

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- The estranged wife of a pastor claims her husband blended his professional and personal finances so thoroughly that his church should be counted as an asset in their divorce.

A judge agreed in a decision published this week to hear arguments on the claim, and he ordered a financial appraisal of the church. Lawyers said it could represent the first time anyone in New York state has tried to treat a religious institution as a marital asset.

The wife argues that her husband of 31 years used his Brooklyn church as a "personal piggy bank," setting his own income, spending the congregation's tithes as he pleased and running a catering business from the building...


  1. You left off the last paragraph:

    "A delegation from the Presbyterian Lay Committee and the New Wineskins have set up camp in Mineola and requested the use of the wife's lawyers once the case is settled."

  2. It will be interesting to see how this turns out. I believe the efforts will prove to be in vain as the church is not responsible for the Pastor's misuse of the funding system. Unless he's the sole owner of the church. Then it would probably be considered an asset.


  3. Next time I hear a pastor say "my church" I'll remember to ask him if his wife divorces him, does she get to keep half.

  4. A group of us have just has a "synchroblog" on "The Church and money". and perhaps this would have been a worthy post for inclusion.

  5. at first I thought this was a joke- but then....