Catholic Church committing bankruptcy fraud to protect assets from abuse victims.

The Catholic Church likes to promote itself as a beacon of morality in a fallen world. Shame the reality isn’t anything close to what they’d like you to believe:

‘Dan Rather Reports’ Exposes Coordinated Effort by the Catholic Church to Protect Assets From Abuse Victims

From the Vatican on down, the church has vowed to make peace with hundreds of victims of a decades-long epidemic of sex abuse by its priests. But “Dan Rather Reports” found evidence that the church has done just the opposite: Wealthy U.S. Dioceses from California to Delaware have claimed to be broke and have filed for bankruptcy to avoid paying damages; Bishops have exploited arcane corporate laws to shield church assets from liability; and, in San Diego, parish priests have been caught literally hiding money in safes, according to court records.

“If you or I did what the Diocese of San Diego did in that bankruptcy, we’d be charged with bankruptcy fraud, and we’d probably be in prison,” said attorney John Manly, who has represented dozens of priest abuse victims in lawsuits across the country.

“Dan Rather Reports” found evidence that some high in the church hierarchy have provided guidance.

“One of the comments that came from one of the bankruptcy attorneys is that, ‘These guys make Enron look like altar boys.’ Pardon the pun,” said Don McLean, who was abused as a 10-year-old altar boy, and sought damages from the San Diego diocese.

“Dan Rather Reports: Spiritually Bankrupt” premieres on HDNet, Tuesday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET with an encore at 11:00 p.m. ET.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t understand how anyone can call themselves a Catholic without being filled with shame and self-loathing. If I were to ever meet the Pope I’d have no other choice, in good conscious, other than to slap the shit out of him as soon as he started to make some bullshit moral proclamation.

Probably best the likelihood of me ever meeting the Pope is even less than the chances that God actually exists.

6 thoughts on “Catholic Church committing bankruptcy fraud to protect assets from abuse victims.

  1. Holy Fuck. I’m not even Catholic anymore and I’m filled with shame and self-loathing to have ever been associated with this den of thieves, liars and abusers.

    And it gets me pissed off as hell that my parents, in most other cases very rational and caring people, continue to give money to these assholes.

    I’m going to go have a couple of drinks now to wash the vile taste in my mouth left from discovering yet another way the Roman Catholic Church fails at, well everything.

  2. Good job by Dan Rather. What can one really say. All one can do is hope that revelations like this will continue to drive people away from this religion (which is losing people in droves) as well as away from other religions which thrive on exploitation. Catholics who continue to defend their hierarchy, particularly this pope, are guilty of a cult mentality. If Pope Benedict and his agents want to see moral relativism they need only look in the mirror.

  3. Remember, the whole reason the Church has this problem in the first place is asset-protection. The whole celibacy requirement of priests has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with not leaving a churchly inheritance to an heir. It’s all about the money; it always has been.

  4. Remember, the whole reason the Church has this problem in the first place is asset-protection. The whole celibacy requirement of priests has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with not leaving a churchly inheritance to an heir. It’s all about the money; it always has been.

    Cover your assets, huh? πŸ˜‰

    Peace.

    Wait, that’s a church, so it would be, “Cover thine assets.” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. Yep. I just got an order for a kithara (the classical Greek lyre) from the Vatican, and I’m tempted to accept the order with a few conditions. If they allow women to become priests, and allow priests to marry, they get their kithara. If they toss in serious consequences for child abuse, and allow contraceptives, hell, I’ll make it for free. What do you think?

  6. What do you think?

    I’ll pay for the kithara if they agree to stop persecuting homosexuals. πŸ™‚

    Peace.

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