Police say a Roman Catholic priest has confessed to stealing $1.3 million from his parish because he resented the church's stance on being gay, local CBS affiliate WFSB reported.

The Rev. Kevin Gray was charged Tuesday in Waterbury, Connecticut Superior Court with first-degree larceny and was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bond. He is accused of funneling church funds to pay for an extravagant lifestyle that included supporting three men in New York City.

Gray, 64, began stealing money from his parishioners in 2003. Police say he used the money to lead a decadent double life that included more than $130,000 on upscale hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria. He also spent the money on trendy restaurants, designer suits and male escorts.

He pocketed more than $221,000 from a side deal he struck with a wireless carrier to install a transmitter in his church's steeple, a practice banned by the diocese.

Court documents also reveal Gray was subsidizing the expenses of three gay men, including tuition to Harvard and rent in New York City for a man he met in Central Park.

Gray was collared by police living in that York Avenue apartment with 35-year-old Weirui Zhong after he left Connecticut on medical leave in April.

He told police that he stole from the church because he resented its opposition to being gay.

According to the warrant, Gray said he began stealing from the church “because felt that the church owed it to him.”