Restitution

That’s what victims and supporters would like to see from the Catholic for the decades (or more) cover-up of paedophile priests. After years of battles, denials, buck-passing, and victim blaming, has the church learned anything about responsibility?

Well, in LA, one leading priest has urged prayer for victims.

“Please continue to pray for the victims and their families and all impacted by this terrible tragedy in the history of our Church,” said Monsignor Joseph V. Brennan, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General for the L.A. archdiocese.

“Let us all continue to remain vigilant and work together to protect children and young people from all harm,” he added in an Aug. 1 message to priests, deacons, parish life directors and principals of the archdiocese.

“The archdiocese and our Catholic community of faith in Los Angeles remain committed to the assistance of victims, protection of children and the prevention of abuse.”

These papers, that are in addition to 12,000 pages released several months ago, document the movement of priests to protect them from responsibility.

The file release is part of the $660 million abuse settlement reached in 2007. The first set of files has documents from five religious orders: the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the Marianists, the Benedictines, and two orders of religious sisters.

The release concerns 10 priests or religious brothers and two nuns, each of whom were accused of molesting children in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The files report 21 alleged victims whose allegations cover incidents ranging from the 1950s to the 1980s.

So, the church’s response is to fight in court to protect themselves, fuck the victims over, and then pray for them.

In Wisconsin,  Cardinal Timothy Dolan, moved $57 million into a cemetery trust fund to shield the cash from bankruptcy proceedings. This bankruptcy was triggered by the scale of the court ordered restitution for victims of the paedophile priest shuffle led by Dolan himself.

The church, of course, fought in court for its religious freedom to do whatever it wants with the money instead of paying restitution. And won.

Earlier this year, Dolan commented on the as yet unsettled case

Cardinal Dolan, now the archbishop of New York, has emphatically denied seeking to shield church funds as the archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009. He reiterated in a statement Monday that these were “old and discredited attacks.”

However, the files contain a 2007 letter to the Vatican in which he explains that by transferring the assets, “I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.” The Vatican approved the request in five weeks, the files show.

Last week’s decision did not dispute the facts of the transfer, only that Dolan’s religious freedom allowed him to move the money. Under secular bankruptcy proceedings, hiding assets would result in charges of fraud. If this decision is not reversed on appeal, further restitution in the US could totally cease. As an example of how the church views such actions, Dolan is the current president of the was elected on November 16, 2010, to the presidency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he received many other accolades from Rome, and was considered a frontrunner in the last papal elections. A Catholic hero.

In another piece of news, any potential for the Vatican to bear any legal or financial responsibility was quashed by the International Criminal Court. The court agreed with the Vatican’s lawyers that the structure of the church is such that  Pope and the Vatican do not bear responsibility for the actions of priests and the dioceses.

The goal is, as it always has been, is to protect the church and fuck the victims again. Remember, when this new and gentle Pope stands up and represents himself as an arbiter of morality, that he is the head of a worldwide corrupt organization.

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