Which of the following statements is not true? (Choose all that apply.)
- The Portland archdiocese has plenty of financial assets remaining.
- The archdiocese has been hit with millions of dollars in legal damages, as a result of fair and impartial trials or mutually agreed settlements in sex-abuse cases.
- Archdiocesan lawyers have good reason to believe that they will soon be facing much heavier damages.
- The archdiocese has made every effort to reach prompt and equitable settlements in all abuse cases.
- The Catholic Church teaches that both individuals and organizations have a moral obligation to pay just debts.
- The burden of the bankruptcy proceedings will fall most heavily on those who are responsible for the sex-abuse crisis: the bishops and chancery officials who allowed predatory priests to continue in ministry, and covered up their crimes.
- By filing for bankruptcy protection, the archdiocese hopes to stop adverse legal proceedings, and curtail the amounts paid out to abuse victims.
- The entire affair in Portland clearly demonstrates that Church leaders are more concerned about the salvation of souls and the welfare of young people than the protection of financial assets.
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Jul. 08, 2004 9:10 PM ET USA
I agree with you, but I also understand WHY the victims are feeling vindictive. Were I in the same position, I can't say that I wouldn't respond similarly. They are being used by the attorneys...but God will judge their souls FAR more leniently, I feel, than He will the souls of the predators, and those who, by turning away from the Gospel towards the false revelation of psychology, enabled the predators to prey upon the sheep. May God have mercy on us all.
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Jul. 08, 2004 4:24 PM ET USA
These people seeking large mult-million dollar awards are being used & further abused by the attorneys representing them. They should settle on an amount that truly represents the anticipated needs for ongoing counseling and perhaps negotiate a long-term annuity to cover such costs. Their desire to punish and inflict matching harm to the Church is vindictive and will cause them further harm in the long run. God help them all and help us to be charitable to all such people.
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Jul. 08, 2004 2:53 PM ET USA
The financial documents that detail the bankruptcy filing can be viewed here: http://www.bankrupt.com/catholic.txt