Rutten also says Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote the pastors of 101 of the archdiocese's 288 parishes in February to ask them to consider ways of helping the archdiocese with grants or loans of as much as $400,000 apiece. His Eminence gave the pastors until the end of May to decide what to do.
To get the $50 million loan, the archdiocese "put up six Catholic high school facilities as collateral -- Daniel Murphy (slated to close this June), St. Bernard, Bishop Montgomery, Bishop Amat, Damien, Bishop Conaty-Loretto and St. Bonaventure." Cardinal Mahony spokesman Tod Tamberg syas, "the archdiocese has no intention whatsoever of selling any of these high schools."
Rutten adds, "Over the past weeks, he [the Cardinal] has personally appeared at 20 regional meetings to apologize for his own role in the crisis, to urge further understanding of the victims' injury and to appeal for financial help."