January 06, 2006

Bid to protect Church assets.

The Tablet

The bankrupt Archdiocese of Portland has suffered a serious blow in its struggle to keep parishes and schools from being closed to pay for massive clerical sex-abuse damages. A federal court ruled on 30 December that the parishes of western Oregon are not separate entities, but belong to the archdiocese. Parochial assets, which total an estimated $500 million (290 million), can therefore be sold to pay for settlements being sought by plaintiffs. The archdiocese, which sought bankruptcy protection last year, has already paid out 30 million over 130 previous claims; this week a trial opened with alleged victims of a single priest, Fr Maurice Grammond, now dead, seeking 80 million.

Posted by kshaw at January 6, 2006 10:31 AM