A woman whose affair with the nation's highest-ranking black Catholic prompted his resignation received more than $20,000 in church funds to pay her personal expenses, an audit revealed Thursday.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta said it would not seek to recover the money sent to Vicki Long or to her creditors, said the Rev. Peter Dora, an archdiocese spokesman.
Results of the audit by Coopers & Lybrand public accountants were published Thursday in the archdiocese newspaper, the Georgia Bulletin.
The financial review of the archdiocese and two parishes found that about $5,835 from individual churches went to Ms. Long or to her creditors to pay her rent, utilities or charge cards.
The archdiocese paid $14,556 in medical expenses for Ms. Long, the audit said.
Ms. Long will not receive any more money "directly or indirectly from the archdiocese of Atlanta or any of its components," Father Dora said Thursday.
The archdiocese commissioned the audit after the resignations last summer of Archbishop Eugene Marino and the Rev. Michael Woods, a priest who said he had a sexual relationship with Ms. Long.
Ms. Long denied having had a relationship with Woods, but claimed she was married to Father Marino.
She filed a paternity suit in 1987 against another priest, the Rev. Donal Keohane of Columbus. A blood test later showed he did not father her daughter.
Ms. Long later said she was sexually exploited by Father Keohane and Father Marino. She also claimed to have been molested by a nun in Columbus.
Father Marino has undergone therapy at an undisclosed location since his resignation.