The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

First Child Molestation, now...

Money Laundering? The Catholic Archdiocese in Portland Oregon has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy as a result of settlements for molestation claims against 125 of its priests. The Archdiocese owes millions to the victims of these crimes. They also have millions of dollars in assets , mostly real property including churches that would put a significant dent in these payments. The archdiocese owns nearly $2 million in property in Jackson County Oregon for example. However, the church claims that, "Parish assets are not the archdiocese's assets" according to Cannon Law. How convenient. No matter. Archbishop Vlazny reaffirmed his "commitment to help you to heal" through the bankruptcy. He went on to discuss what healing is really about:

As he opened the July 6 press conference, Archbishop Vlazny noted he had just presided at a Mass celebrating the feast day of St. Maria Goretti. In 1902, the 12-year-old Italian girl was slain by a would-be sexual abuser.

When she was canonized in 1950, the killer knelt at the girl's grave and prayed. "That," the archbishop told the press corps, "is the kind of healing and reconciliation we are trying to accomplish."

I'm sure the victims of the sex crimes will take a great deal of comfort in that.


  • The Diocese of Covington (Ohio) is considering Chapter 11 as well. I think this quote from the Diocese's lawyer is apropriate:

    "While bankruptcy is not a very attractive alternative for a church entity, at some point reality kicks in,"

    The story is here:

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 8:38 AM  

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