HOMOSEXUAL SCANDALS MULTIPLY
we disclosed in an earlier in-depth report, homosexuals are taking over the
Roman Catholic priesthood (Catholic Priests and Homosexuality Part 1-2
[WM-1032-1033]). Young gays know that, if they become priests, they will have
abundant opportunities for contacts with fellow priests and altar boys. And it
is now costing the church a lot of money. Here is a brief report on the latest
scandal that has already cost the Roman Catholic Church dearly in moral
authority is beginning to take a serious economic toll.
a landmark agreement in Ireland last week, the church offered $110 million to
compensate thousands of victims of sexual and physical abuse that occurred over
several decades in church-run schools there. Meanwhile, a Tucson, Arizona,
diocese settled for an undisclosed sum with former altar boys who said they were
molested by their priest, a quiet deal that typifies how these cases are handled
in the US.
common is the very public court battle for John Geoghan, a priest who has so far
cost the Archdiocese of Boston more than $10 million to settle just some of
pedophilia suits he faces.
Boston Globe investigation revealed last week that as many as 70 priests in
Boston came to the attention of church officials there in sex-abuse allegations--a
potentially massive pool of victims who could bring suits.
'The financial impact of these cases is severe,' says Mark Chopko, general
counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Chopko points to fragile
relationships with skittish insurers and to a Santa Fe, New Mexico, diocese that
was nearly bankrupted in the early 1990s by sex-abuse suits there.
everyone is buying the pleas of poverty, however. 'The way you browbeat people
into taking less money is to convince item there isn't any,' says Fred Halstrom,
a Boston lawyer representing a plaintiff in a sex-abuse suit there, 'But the
Catholic Church worldwide has immense assets.'
Vatican itself doesn't cut checks or direct legal strategies to its diocese
around the world. But it is hammering out new procedures for handling future
abuse allegations in a 'desire to coordinate actions in these delicate matters,'
says Monsignor O Tarcisio Bertone, a Vatican official.
Vaticans new involvement has a potential danger: It could actually make its
deep pockets more vulnerable to those seeking damages down the road."-Time,
February 11, 2002.