May 18, 2006

Bankruptcy judge rejects Spokane deal

What is in store for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles when the giant bill for the lawsuits inevitably comes in and all the lawyers and judges have their final say? The news from Spokane today, in an AP report (click on this post's title), is not too encouraging.

What happened is that a U.S. bankruptcy court judge rejected a previously announced $45.7 million settlement, saying it did not include all the parties and potential parties. The judge urged the many lawyers involved to get into mediation.

The Spokane diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2004. Lay people in the individual parishes of the diocese disliked the $45.7 million deal because they felt it would leave them not only holding the bag but holding it indefinitely.

Get this: Earlier this week, says the AP, the lawyers for parties not in the now-thrown-out deal proposed "an alternative plan that would assess individual parishes nearly two-thirds of the market value of their churches and schools in exchange for avoiding possible foreclosures."

We had all better keep seeking the intercession of the Blessed Mother, St. Vibiana and Padre Serra to preserve our Archdiocese and to restore it to all possible holiness and fruitfulness.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The lawyers for parties not in the now-thrown-out deal proposed 'an alternative plan that would assess individual parishes nearly two-thirds of the market value of their churches and schools in exchange for avoiding possible foreclosures.' "

Thus creating an entirely new class of victims: the many parishioners who had nothing whatsoever to do with ANY of this and who may not even have been born when the abuse took place.

This is an outrage, and I cannot understand why the judge does not just hold the priests responsible, (and the bishop, if he did anything). A friend was abused by a Boy Scout leader, but no one suggested bankrupting the entire Boy Scout Council of which his troop was a part, thus destroying Scouting for thousands of other totally innocent people.

Why aren't there lawyers from, say, the Thomas More Center or somewhere like that ALL OVER THIS?

9:24 AM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

Anonymous,

The answer to the first part of your question is "Deep Pocket" and the lack of morals on the part of most lawyers!

I also wonder why some good Catholic Legal Organizations are not all over this blatant money grab.

Go to crcoa.com to sign the petition in support of Fr. Altier, and please spread the word on this.

Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman, Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

10:22 AM  

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