[EDIT: See post #14, I'm calling this one solved.] *Note: I'm using the word "priest" for now to indicate a formally educated Christian man of the cloth. I've made no decisions on denomination, so if Reverend or Minister or Parson or whatever helps you think it through better go with that. So two young men graduate from Christian priest* school at or near the same time. Maybe they're friends there, maybe they meet early in their careers. For unknown reasons, they start a ministry or charity or something together. Setting is twenty-ish years ago USA, moving into the present day. Fast forward ten or twenty years. One of them, whom we will call MCP (Mega Church Pastor) is the pastor of, well, a megachurch with aspirations towards culthood. This has probably grown out of the initial Thing that the two of them started together. Wherever he started, his church is now outside of any denomination recognized by anyone except the IRS. He's a conniving evil bastard in it for his own power and glory who preaches prosperity gospel (if you aren't familiar, it's a scam where the clergyman convinces his parishioners to give him most or all of their money and promises that god will repay them sevenfold or some such). The other one (Soup Kitchen Priest, or SKP) runs a soup kitchen and shelter for the homeless. He keeps nothing for himself and sleeps on a cot in the shelter itself. He's far more concerned with saving lives than souls and passes no judgment on those he helps. However, he does this because he aided the MCP in doing something Very Bad when they were young and getting started and feels terrible about it. Something that his "fingerprints," perhaps actually, perhaps in the form of signatures on documents (I like that better) from their early days, has left him but not MCP vulnerable to blackmail. MCP has something to hold over him, something that, if released, will destroy the community's trust in him and result in the closing of his shelter/soup kitchen. I would rather him have been a dupe of the MCP from the beginning and not someone who is seeking to atone for conscious evil freely committed, but I'm kind of stuck on what they could have done. Scammed a pension fund where he didn't realize the implications of what he was signing off on? Bulldozed an orphanage? It needs to be something that could be hushed up and held as blackmail or the MCP's megachurch never takes off. Thoughts? What could an honest priest* have done wrong in his twenties/thirties that could still haunt him today?