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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Child-Molesting Catholic Church May Launch Public Fundraiser

Posted by on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

The LA Archdiocese is a little strapped for cash because, it turns out, paying restitution to 562 underage victims who were molested by priests and other church personnel gets expensive. The diocese is now $80 million in debt, God's conveniently not intervening, and so the church is contemplating a bold move: Appealing to the public with a massive, $200 million fundraising campaign.

The non-profit Guidance in Giving lists the Los Angeles-area Catholic Church among its "diocesan accounts" and says it is exploring a campaign to raise $200 million for the diocese to meet "a variety of needs," including "priests' retirement, seminarian education, Catholic schools, Catholic Charities and parish needs."

In my opinion, it seems a little soon to be soliciting money from the public when you're still in court, seemingly fighting to conceal the names of people involved in molestation scandals and the subsequent cover-ups (the NYTimes reports that many released church files are incomplete and many names have been erroneously redacted).

Maybe they start smaller with their asks, and actually provide a little incentive for the public to throw money their way. Like maybe with a bake sale?

Curtsies to mr. herriman


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Pick1 1
I'm sure many Catholics felt queasy when they realized that some of their donations to the church was helping fund and hide pedophiles. They could take solace in the hope that their money went towards better things like humanitarian efforts.

This campaign leaves little doubt where the money is going, and that's going to be a hard fucking sell.
Posted by Pick1 on February 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
The Catholic Church's love of money knows no bounds. Evil.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM · Report this
How much money was siphoned off by the national church and the Vatican? The same Vatican which is being investigated for money laundering. Leave your Visa/Mastercard at home, the Vatican can't accept them.
Posted by uptown on February 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this
They should have stuck with medieval tithing. That works for the uber-wealthy LDS. After all, they stuck with medieval ideas about women, so why drop a proven winner?
Posted by originalcinner on February 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM · Report this
Coming soon: the long-awaited return of INDULGENCES!
Posted by Pope Buck I on February 7, 2013 at 4:05 PM · Report this
Let us see if you will blogg about the 11,000 files of the North American Boy Scouts being molested by Scout Leaders....We will wait in hope!…
Posted by nainsi on February 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM · Report this

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