TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! SNAP FEARS BISHOP FINN IS TAKING THE KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC DIOCESE TOWARD BANKRUPTCY!!!
This bit of Sunday news seems appropriate for so many Kansas City faithful afraid about losing even more cash.
To wit . . .
CHECK OUT KANSAS CITY AREA CATHOLIC FEAR OF BISHOP FINN MOVING HIS BELEAGUERED FLOCK TOWARD BANKRUPTCY!!!
The money quote:
"SNAP believes Finn is wasting money and is considering seeking bankruptcy protection."
Check the presser as Kansas City Catholics pray that
Santa God will protect their cash:
Victims urge bishop “avoid bankruptcy”
Group believes that KC’s Finn is considering it
But Finn’s goal, SNAP says, is to “maintain secrecy”
He wants to stop disclosures & trials, self help group feels
Eight US Catholics dioceses have sought Chapter 11 protection
SNAP to Finn: “First, open your books to an independent auditor”
And it says Catholic officials should, if need be, seek funds elsewhere
“Before acting, at least hold open meetings with your flock,” group asks
As church-goers leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims will hand out leaflets to them. The fliers list recent wasteful spending by Catholic officials, and publicly prod KC’s Catholic bishop to
--avoid the temptation to seek bankruptcy protection,
--let an independent auditor examine diocesan finances,
--if need be, seek funds and loans elsewhere to settle clergy sex cases, and
--hold a series of meetings with parishioners across the diocese before considering Chapter 11.
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 6:10 PM
Outside the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, 416 W 12th Street (corner of Broadway & 11th in downtown Kansas City, MO
Two-three clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
Controversial Bishop Robert Finn’s KC Catholic diocese is in the midst of its annual fundraising appeal. Yet SNAP believes Finn is wasting money and is considering seeking bankruptcy protection. His goal, they contend, is to prevent discovery and trials that would expose more wrongdoing by Finn and his top aides.
At least two dozen pending clergy sex abuse and cover up cases are pending. Some involve recent crimes and other misdeeds regarding Fr. Shawn Ratigan and could prove to be very expensive and embarrassing for top local KC Catholic officials.
In light of these facts, SNAP fears that Finn may soon seek Chapter 11 protection.
SNAP contends that Finn has wasted and is wasting funds in various ways. (At one court hearing last week, for instance, ten defense lawyers appeared to represent church officials. And in September, Finn announced he’d spent $1.39 million defending himself and his diocese in just one criminal case.)
But SNAP seriously doubts that the diocese is hurting financially. Until Finn “truly comes clean” about all church finances – stocks, bonds, property, insurance coverage and other assets – SNAP feels it is naïve for parishioners and the public to believe any cries of “poverty” by church officials.
The group feels that talk of “tough finances” by church officials is often “posturing” designed to deter victims from coming forward and tricking victims in litigation into settling for small sums.
If the diocese becomes short on funds, SNAP believes Finn should exhaust all other means of raising or borrowing money to resolve the clergy sex abuse cases. (In 2002, Boston’s Cardinal Bernard Law borrowed millions from a fraternal Catholic men’s group to settle with hundreds of victims.)
SNAP wants Finn to (1) let truly independent auditors examine church finances, (2) if need be, borrow and raise additional funds to fairly resolve all sex abuse cases, and, (3) if he’s considering Chapter 11, to hold open public meetings in each region (“deaneries”) across the diocese, giving Catholics an opportunity to voice their concerns about the process.
Other dioceses have sought bankruptcy protection, including Phoenix, Spokane, Davenport and San Diego. The Milwaukee archdiocese is in Chapter 11 right now.
Last year, the New York-based Christian Brothers, a large Catholic religious order, became the latest Catholic institution to declare bankruptcy, in response to clergy sex abuse and cover up cases in Washington state.
David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, SNAPdorris@gmail.com