Action Alert!

Multiple choice

By Diogenes (articles - email) | 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.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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