The group "asked a federal bankruptcy judge Thursday to prevent churches, schools and charitable missions from being closed or sold to settle sex-abuse allegations against the San Diego diocese."
Mr. Hazel said:
"We believe sincerely and deeply in our hearts, as Catholics, that if a settlement reduced the ability of the [C]hurch to educate its children or to do its charitable work, that would be unjust. The parishioners who provided donations had no knowledge of the abuse, didn't condone it, didn't authorize it. They are innocent."
A hearing in the diocese's case in federal bankruptcy court is set for Sept. 6.