…the Catholic Church! It is depressingly vogue to sue the US Catholic Church these days. Of course, our litigious society makes it oh so easy. Articles like this one over on Catholic World News illustrate that not only do victims win playing the legal lottery so do the lawyers! I’m not trying to diminish the emotional pain any REAL victims may have endured even if I can’t understand how to put a $ on recovering one’s emotional health but dog-piling on the Church is irrational and unacceptable. After the victims (supposed and real) bankrupt the diocese the lawyers have to make sure they get their fair share. I can’t remember where I read it but a lawyer representing a group of victims suggested a portion of the Sunday collection should be surrendered for payment to his clients. This would ensure he and his clients get paid regardless of the solvency status of the diocese.
I was not raised a Catholic but I wonder if I were to approach a lawyer and ask to make a claim against a diocese if that little fact would hinder my case at all? I wonder if my children will have to grow up in a world where their weekly collections are divided between Church and state? How many churches are going to have to close their doors because they’ve been sued out of existence? Folks are going to have an awful lot to answer for all in the name of trying to make a quick/easy buck. Makes meditating on Christ’s suffering in the Garden of Olives much easier let me tell you. The gates of hell may not prevail against the Church but US law will ensure there is a lien on the property.