Sex Abuse Driving Canadian Church to Bankruptcy

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 22, 2017   

Catholic Church in New Brunswick overburdened by clerical sex abuse suits

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - In the Canadian province of New Brunswick, a total of 56 ongoing priestly sex-abuse lawsuits could cost the Catholic Church millions of dollars. 

Thirty-two of the lawsuits, according to a CBC News article from November 15, are owing to the behavior of one priest who is now deceased: Camille Leger from the archdiocese of Moncton. 

CBC News also did a report last week about the financial toll of priestly sex abuse on the Catholic Church in New Brunswick. From 2012–2014, the archdiocese of Moncton paid $10.6 million (CA$) to 109 alleged victims of priests' sex abuse, while the diocese of Bathurst paid $5.5 million to 90 victims. 

The Catholic Church in Canada has been marred by rampant heresy and an overbearing atmosphere of moral laxity. Church Militant's FBI—Canadian Collapse explored this at length, as did a related episode of The Download

 

Moncton's Abp. Valéry Vienneau gave some comments to CBC News for last week's report. He said, "We had money — the diocese had money but doesn't anymore." 

CBC News also reported that the archdiocese of Moncton might be forced to declare bankruptcy. Archbishop Vienneau noted the archdiocese's only remaining assets are church buildings and the occasional monastery or convent. The prelate is quoted, "And to say that the bankruptcy would fix things is, I think, quite improbable. Because there are no assets left except the churches themselves. And I don't know who would want to buy a church." 

The archbishop also said about the possibility of bankruptcy, "Hopefully, we won't have to go there, but if we have to ... we'll see." 

The report also noted that several dioceses in the United States have already declared bankruptcy. 

Here are a few examples. The archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy in January 2015. The diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, filed for bankruptcy in December 2015. The diocese of Ulm, Minnesota, filed for bankruptcy in March 2017. The diocese of Gallup, New Mexico, filed for bankruptcy in November of 2013. The diocese of Helena, Montana, filed for bankruptcy in January 2014. The diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, filed for bankruptcy in October 2009. The diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, filed for bankruptcy in March 2008. The diocese of Stockton, California, filed for bankruptcy in January 2014. The diocese of San Diego filed for bankruptcy in November 2007. 

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