Bankruptcy, that is.
Diocesan bankruptcy is back in the news—this time, it’s the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
According to victims’ attorneys, yesterday’s four-hour deposition of St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt ended “abruptly and heatedly,” and Nienstedt refused to turn over some court-ordered documents and answer many questions about the cover-up of sex abuse in the Archdiocese.
Now, it looks like the Archdiocese is going to use bankruptcy to stop the whole process.
It’s the same in Stockton, Helena, Milwaukee, and Gallup, NM. Bankruptcy puts the breaks on truth. Depositions stop and haggling begins.
Why be deposed about covering up sex abuse when you can cry poor and claim those “greedy victims” are grabbing soup bowls out of the hands of poor starving children? Why sit and be exposed in a civil trial when you can keep quiet and hoard your cash (and the truth)?
Don’t believe me? Here’s the money quote from Twin Cities bankruptcy attorney Barbara May (to KARE-TV):
“Every time they file for bankruptcy they save a fortune,” she said of dioceses. “It’s good business for them.”
Good business in the game of moral bankruptcy.