March 05, 2007

The bankruptcy reorganization process of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego

We have all probably had dealings with stores, businesses, etc., that, without our knowledge, were operating under bankruptcy conditions, and we did not know the difference.

Click HERE to read Bishop Robert Brom’s February 27, 2007, message about the bankruptcy reorganization process of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego.

In his message, the bishop has publicly stated AGAIN:
THAT THE DIOCESE WILL BE REVEALING THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO HAVE CERTAINLY DONE WRONG;

AND THAT THE DIOCESE WILL REVEAL THE DETAILS OF WHAT THOSE PERSONS HAVE DONE.
Despite the bishop’s repeated statement, many persons continue to tell the news media that the bishop is using bankruptcy reorganization to cover up the wrongdoings.

That is NOT true.

As the Church strives to answer the call of charity and justice in this situation and all situations, let us not forget the Church’s fundamental and ongoing mission:
TO GLORIFY, HONOR, AND WORSHIP GOD IN CHRIST;

TO SERVE GOD IN THE AUTHENTIC TEMPORAL AND ETERNAL WELFARE OF ALL OUR NEIGHBORS;

TO WORK WITH GOD FOR CONVERSION, SALVATION, AND HOLINESS IN THE CHURCH.
We must always acknowledge our failures to fulfill that mission, and we must constantly renew our efforts and prayer to be faithful to that mission.


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Click HERE to read Bishop Robert Brom’s February 27, 2007, message about the bankruptcy reorganization process of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego.


3 Comments:

Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

The thing that has disgusted me most about this scandal is the lack of disclosure in some of these settlements and bankruptcy proceedings. I'm not an attorney, but for any Church leaders to contend that some details must be kept confidential for any reason other than for the sake of the victim, really makes me want to blow chunks. I hope Bishop Brom carries through with complete disclosure.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Bankruptcy status will allow each of the lawsuits to get something. Without bankruptcy status, the first lawsuits in the lineup could take so much that little or nothing at all would be left for lawsuits later in the lineup.

Some further points.

The courts and the lawsuits themselves (not the bishop) will publicize the names of the victims. Despite that fact, the victims, their lawyers, and the media are claiming falsely that the bishop and the diocesan lawyers have tried to have the names of victims publicized. Simply not true.

Personally, I would have preferred to see the Church deal with the guilty priests in the strongest ways that are possible by canon law: a period of excommunication and a complete ban from ever functioning as a priest. Bishops and any lay employees who failed to respond justly when they knew of crimes also ought to have been removed from their posts and ought to have received the strongest penalties possible in both canon law and civil law.

I believe civil law ought to deal with guilty priests as with any person who rapes a child.

Unfortunately the California supreme court suspended the statute of limitations for those who want to sue the bishops in California, but the supension was not open for anyone who wanted to sue schools and school districts for the rape of children by school employees. Personally, I am against any statute of limitations for any crime at all. When the court suspended that statute, the court shoud have suspended it for everybody.

All that being said, I return to the point that the lawyers representing the victims are using the media to publicize vehemently certain falsehoods about the bishop.

The victims SHOULD pursue justice. However, they and their lawyers ought to do so in a manner that is thoroughly just and truthful. It is clear that persons in the Church acted in horrendous, unjust, and dishonest ways that perpetrated and compounded the suffering of the victims. However, let strong justice be done in ways that are strongly just and strongly truthful. To publicize sensationally several falsehoods about the bishop does not help justice or truth to prevail. Falsehood is falsehood, no matter who speaks it.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Loyolalaw98 said...

This scandal only surfaced because the clerical pederasts in question broke the CIVIL law.

Even here, under the aegis of american civil law, many of the victims have been forced to seek civil remedy, as the criminal statute of limitations has expired.

To the extent that the documentation involving most civil cases become public records, these should be treated no differently. In fact, the opprobrium generated by such publicity is well deserved.

A question that is not being actively pursued, which IS NOT of interest to civil authorities BUT SHOULD BE of interest to Church authorities, is flagrant sexual activity between consenting adults where one party is clerical.

The Church was forced to confront the child abuse issue by it's civil nature, as the state does not concern itself with acts between consenting adults no such spotlight will be found in this latter category.

5:10 PM  

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