We’ve all heard the lurid stories of Catholic priests with, you know, problems. And a good number of those even hit close to area parishes and went far beyond the rounds of confessions.
However an ad May 15 in USA TODAY’s Money section really brought it all home.
The three column by four and one-half inch display ad ran in the paper’s Marketplace Today sub-section, a section usually reserved for paid legal notices such as advisories and/or searches for potential individuals in pending class action lawsuits.
If this sexual abuse claim/Chapter 11 ad doesn’t blow Papal minds nothing will.
And I quote:
“In re THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF STOCKTON, a California corporation sole. Case No. 14-20371-C-11.
“YOU MAY HAVE A CLAIM AGAINST THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF STOCKTON aka THE DIOCESE OF STOCKTON.
“On January 15, 2014, The Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton (the ‘Debtor’) filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California.
“The last day to file a sexual abuse claim against the debtor is August 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. prevailing Pacific Time.
“IF YOU WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED BY ANY MEMBER OF THE CLERGY OR OTHER PERSON CONNECTED WITH THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF STOCKTON aka THE DIOCESE OF STOCKTON, YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM BY AUGUST 15, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. PREVAILING PACIFIC TIME….”
(Legal instructions follow)
Just another legal eagle announcement of a corporate entity gone bad? I don’t think so.
To my thinking it’s yet another example of the sad state of affairs the Catholic church has taken far too long to correct. And for that the home office in Rome should be ashamed of itself.
Now go and sin no more.