Jewish Journal


October 8, 2007

Bishop: Parishioners should pay for pedophile priests


So let me see if I’ve got this right: The Catholic Church shelters pedophile priests, endangering thousands of children across the country, and then when the bill comes due for all this sexual abuse, the San Diego Diocese asks the friends and family and neighbors of those who were abused to help pay?

“The people who are actually culpable, a lot of them are dead, and among the rest of us, nobody has any more culpability than anyone else,” said Sheridan, a homemaker. “But I do think the Vatican can sell a painting or two. That would pay for it.”

Still, some said they would gladly support Brom.

“This is our church and we love it,” said Marie English, 76, a member at St. Mary. “If the church needs help, how can we deny it? Sometimes you have to pay for problems you didn’t cause—that’s life. Let’s pay and move on.”

Oh, don’t worry, Bishop Robert Brom has also asked parish priests to chip in for the $198 million bill. He’s got a real global (catholic?) perspective. And I thought Cardinal Roger Mahony was out of touch.

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