Great. So the molester and cover-up scandal now could wreck a whole diocese's priestly vocations recruitment and formation for who knows how long.
The AP article says this:
"The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego is asking parishioners to donate $25 million to help pay for its $198.1 million settlement with childhood sex abuse victims.
"The diocesan headquarters and a nearby seminary may have to be sold if the campaign is unsuccessful, Bishop Robert H. Brom wrote in a letter dated Monday that will be sent to parishioners with a note from individual pastors.
"'I need your help to cover the expense we incurred recently through compassionate outreach to our brothers and sisters who suffered sexual abuse within the family of the church so that we can continue, without serious jeopardy, the many other aspects of the mission,' Brom wrote.
"Earlier this month, the bishop asked the 280 priests in the diocese to contribute one month's salary — about $1,535 — to the 'Embracing Our Mission' campaign. The idea came from current priests who saw it as a gesture toward the 144 men and women who claimed they were abused by clergy and church workers when they were minors.
"The average payout will be $1.38 million per victim, according to the settlement announced last month."
Maybe by threatening to sell the seminary Bishop Brom is just priming the pump to get more money from the fleeced -- I mean, the flock.
By the way, notice the Orwellian language Bishop Brom uses. He calls his mega-payout "compassionate outreach," and he calls his "fund-the-payout" campaign, "Embracing Our Mission."
Somehow I thought the mission of the Catholic Church was a bit wider in scope than funding payouts. Didn't you think so, too?