Could this be the beginning of the end of the clergy crisis? The bad news for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and their partners, the Servants of the Paraclete, just keeps growing. The latest reports finally acknowledge something I first wrote about in Sons of Perdition and have desperately been trying to get the attention of the media about for years – the role of John Feit, a (now-convicted) murderer of a Texas beauty queen, who joined the Servants and was responsible in secretly sending pedophile priests into local parishes without warning or supervision.
Questions are also being asked about others Robert Malloy, Ron Bruckner, and the worst of the worst, Arthur Perrault. We’re not at the end, but there is no doubt a turning point has been reached. And I thank God that I have lived to see this day.
The latest maneuver of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s long and valiant efforts to conceal the crimes of its clergy and avoid responsibility was to declare bankruptcy. It becomes the 19th bankrupt diocese; two orders and the Jesuit Province of Oregon have gone bankrupt also.
Like many others, it has been revealed through its legal filings that Santa Fe has shifted large amounts of property to the parishes to diminish its assets on paper and protect them. It claims nearly $50 million in assets, including real estate valued at more than $31 million. $57 million in property is being held in trust for numerous parishes and property transfers worth another $34 million were done over the past two years. The parishes have all been incorporated as separate entities to safeguard this windfall, but I have no doubt they will never be allowed to use this loot for their own purposes. For if the Church ever asked them to pay again for its crimes, even the people of New Mexico, all to used to a powerful clergy with no scruples might begin to suspect the unpleasant truth about the Roman Catholic Church.
For the truth is that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, like the rest of the Roman Catholic Church, is far more than financially broke. From the pope down to the pews, the whole thing is morally bankrupt. This shameful, cynical gambit to rob the victims that they used, discarded, and damned already of any compensation at all proves it. And the hierarchy is not shielding the people out of any sense of responsibility to them. No, they only want to keep the minds dull, their hearts accepting, and their pocketbooks open of the good folks in the pews this Christmas.
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