St. Paul Archdiocese declares bankruptcy, calling it ‘fairest’ course / Star Tribune

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday, becoming the 12th in the nation to say its treasury cannot withstand the unprecedented wave of lawsuits from clergy abuse victims.

“The move freezes lawsuits against the church, protecting the archdiocese from creditors while allowing it to develop a reorganization plan. It also halts three abuse trials scheduled to begin Jan. 26.”

By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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  1. #1 by Michael W. Ryan on June 3, 2016 - 11:58 AM

    It’s interesting to note that the victim parish, St. Peter in Huber Heights, is under the Archdiocese of Cincinnati led by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr who, in 2007 as then Treasurer of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a memorandum (http://www.usccb.org/about/financial-reporting/upload/parishfinancialgovernance.pdf) to all bishops encouraging them to “continuously seek measures and procedures that can better ensure that the monies and resources are being expended in accordance with the intention of donors and benefactors.” Given the amount of the Huber Heights embezzlement and the length of time during which it ran, it seems apparent Archbishop Schnurr failed to follow his own advice.
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  2. #2 by Helena Gerrard on March 11, 2016 - 3:38 PM

    Several years ago VOTF developed a series of free financial seminars designed to protect the parish income and expenses. Here in Dayton, Oh, we had the support of the University of Dayton and its accounting teaching staff, two of the largest private CPA firms in the area who provided specialists in fraud, accounting for non-profits etc. We expected over 150 employees and volunteers from the Dayton Deanery. Because of opposition by the priests, only 35 people responded, representing perhaps five parishes. So we cancelled the series. Surprise, surprise that a local priest will be indicted (hopefully) for using 1.5 million dollars of parish money for his own businesses. I am still resentful of this willful disregard for parishioners who place their faith in the church. Though I still attend my parish I give no money. As an accountant I understand overhead and expenses and can only justify my actions by heavily supporting St. Vincent Shelter where I know how they spend their resources. And I am forever grateful to VOTF, University of Dayton and my colleagues in the accounting profession who gave their time and knowledge.

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    • #3 by Voice of the Faithful on March 11, 2016 - 3:45 PM

      Here’s the story about the Dayton, Ohio, priest:

      Suburban Dayton Catholic priest pleads guilty to stealing $1.5 million from church
      (Mar. 10, 2016) “The pastor at a suburban Dayton Catholic church pleaded guilty Thursday (Mar. 11) to stealing more than $1 million from his church. Fr. Earl Simone, the former pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in Huber Heights, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated theft in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, the Dayton Daily News reports.” By Jane Morice, Cleveland.com

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