Oct 11, 2006

Another diocese goes bankrupt


Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish in Davenport, Iowa, was founded in 1856. The cathedral, completed in 1891, is pictured here.

The Diocese of Davenport, beset by two dozen or more sex abuse lawsuits, has just now picked this year to declare bankruptcy. Click on this post's title to read about the situation.

Then pause and do the math to find that the 560+ sex abuse lawsuits against our Archdiocese of Los Angeles are 23 times as many as the 24+ such lawsuits facing Davenport.

Will the Archdiocese of Los Angeles be able to escape bankruptcy?

11 Comments:

Anonymous Mike said...

If we need to sell assets, perhaps the Freemasons would be interested in the Cathedral.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or maybe the city would want to buy it and use it as a mausoleum. It'll take centuries to fill up.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous MVH said...

I once heard that a bishop said that if it was neccesary to sell church real estate to expiate the horrible sins of sexual abuse, then so be it. After all, the Faith of Jesus Christ was propregated by simple illiterate Jewish fishermen and their converts, who preached in tents, town squares, and anywhere that anyone was willing to listen. The bishop also said he had no problem saying Mass under a humble tent or anyplace else.
I wish I could remember this bishops' name. If anyone else knows who he is, pass the exact quote arround.
Enough is enough!!

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

True enough, mvh - Bl. Juniperro Serra celebrated Masses under trees when he decided on sites for his missions.

Father Serra, ora pro nobis.

7:34 AM  
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6:24 PM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...

Actually the so called Cathedral is a great set up for a convention Center.
Sell it to a convention Conglomerate, and then go back to St. Basil which was bult to be a Cathedral.

Kenneth M. Fisher

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ken:

St. Basil's is every bit as ugly as Mahony Cathedral. I suggest they go to St. Vincent's.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...

Anonymous 3:43

I agree that St. Basil is not as traditional as we would prefer, but as ugly as Mahony's Rogmahal, not!

I brought up St. Basil, because I understand it was orginally intended to be a Cathedral, thus there was no need for the Rogmahal!

Kenneth M. Fisher

8:04 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 6:24 p.m.,

May Jesus and Our Blessed Mother console you and all of us, and may the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, give you and all of us hope and show us the way forward. Amen.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's perfect for the Scientologists; it's near Hollywood and it looks sort of space-agey.

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JOSEPH D'HIPPOLITO SAYS...

For far too long, the Catholic Church has been exchanging its Christian witness for power, wealth and the chance for secular prestige. Diocesan bankrupcies and the selling of legitimate assets (churches, schools) is God's way of chastising His wayward Church.

As far as that blimp hangar known as the "cathedral" is concerned, bulldoze it and turn it into low-cost housing for the poor. Mahony is always saying how he stands with the poor and vulnerable (as long as they speak Spanish and aren't molestation victims...)

10:03 PM  

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