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The Reel Life: Gambling nuns edition

11 Dec 2018

Two nuns in Torrance, California, have been accused of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from the school and spending it on personal vacations, including lavish gambling trips to Las Vegas.

The story was originally broken in the local Long Beach Press-Telegram. Other news outlets quickly picked it up, reporting on the decade-long fraud in which the nuns, one of whom was the school principal, deposited tuition fees into a secret personal checking account while telling students' parents that the school was short on funds.

The original reporting on the story also noted that the archdiocese had decided not to prosecute the nuns, as they had said they were very sorry. Followers of news stories about misconduct in U.S. religious institutions will be wearing their "disappointed but not surprised" faces right now.

In the few days since the story has broken, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has changed its mind, telling the press that it will press criminal charges against the sisters. We wonder if the story, complete with the nuns' claims of having "a rich uncle," making its way up the news chain to nationally read outlets like the Washington Post had anything to do with it, or if the intense community backlash was more responsible.

We have some questions about this case that aren't answered in WaPo's otherwise quite detailed dive. Did the sisters go to the casinos in their nun habits, or did they change their clothes to fit in? Doesn't letting your "rich uncle" spend that kind of money on you still violate a vow of poverty? And isn't there a movie with basically this plot already? No, we're thinking of Nuns on the Run; never mind.

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