Down to the Wire: Just $6,532 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Judges grill Milwaukee archdiocese’s attorneys on cemetery trust fund

Catholic World News - June 03, 2014

The judges who serve on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals grilled attorneys for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on June 2 over whether $55 million is truly needed to maintain the archdiocese’s cemeteries.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, now archbishop of New York, created the cemetery trust fund when he was archbishop of Milwaukee. The archdiocese subsequently filed for bankruptcy in 2011.

Creditors, led by sex-abuse victims, argued unsuccessfully before a lower-court judge that the cemetery funds should be included among the assets of the archdiocese that are available to pay off debts and legal settlements.

Attorneys for the archdiocese, citing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, have argued that “the Catholic faith requires the archdiocese to provide and maintain cemeteries in anticipation of resurrection when Jesus Christ comes again,” the Associated Press reported.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($56,255 to go):
$150,000.00 $93,745.13
38% 62%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The gift of orthodoxy: A mercy and a challenge to mercy 9 hours ago
Getting Marriage Right November 25
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. November 25
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg November 25
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said November 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25