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The Louisville layman's share

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jun 11, 2003

There are about 200,000 Catholics in the Louisville archdiocese, which has just agreed to pay $25 million to sex-abuse victims. The math is pretty straightforward: that means an average family of 4 Catholics will pay $6,000. True, they won't get a bill in the mail. But what money does the archdiocese have, except what the laity contributes? (Insurance companies aren't involved in this settlement; and anyway, insurance premiums are ultimately paid by guess who.)

Two questions:

1) Was this the best possible use of the donations from the laity?

OK, that one was too easy. Next:

2) The next time laymen in Louisville (or anywhere else) receive a fundraising letter from the diocese, should they ask themselves whether the bishops are likely to be good stewards of their donated resources?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Phil - Jun. 11, 2003 8:23 PM ET USA

    Cacti, you remind me of my high-school algebra teacher. When he questioned my calculations, he was usually right, too. My math was wrong (not the for first time). But the underlying point remains...

  • Posted by: - Jun. 11, 2003 7:28 PM ET USA

    I think your math is off. I get $125 per person or $500 for family of four.