By Diogenes ( articles ) | Jul 08, 2004
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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