Apr 21, 2007

Bishop Brom of San Diego testifies for six hours

Today's Los Angeles Times reports (click on this post's title) on Bishop Robert H. Brom's six hours of testimony yesterday in bankruptcy court in San Diego.

As with other similar stories, this one is not pretty reading.

A U.S. trustee, a dozen lawyers and seven victims faced off against the bishop and his officials and lawyers.

At issue is the accuracy of three different versions of the value of its assets that the Diocese of San Diego has supplied since last summer. Also at issue is the nature of diocesan ownership arrangements of parishes and other properties.

The mess continues, and as we know, it is expensive, not just in money but in terms of scandal.


Blogger Joseph D'Hippolito said...

You know, Quintero, the Church needs more embarassment like this. For years -- nay, for centuries -- the Church Establishment has become all too infatuated with power, prestige and money. If the clerical sex-abuse crisis did anything, it was to expose this seemy underside of the Church the way Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and the Muckrackers of the late 19th century exposed corruption in business and industry.

Perhaps all this "scandal" is God's way of humbling and chastizing a self-important Church Establishment that has confused its priorities for far too long -- and at the expense not only of the faithful, but also of God's name!

11:11 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Joseph,

Scripture does tell us to expose the works of darkness. And we all need to examine our conscience and clean house regularly.

The prescription, "humbling and chastizing," is exactly what all of us need some of the time.

It could also be what some of the hierarchy need who have stood by, or even been accomplices, as the great loss of faith has beset our Catholic flock since the 1960s.

11:58 AM  

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