Canadian Catholic diocese is paying out big time
And the cancer spreads…this child-molesting priest in Newfoundland admitted his guilt and was sentenced to four years in prison in the early 1990s. He’s retired and continues to draw a church pension while living on a family property. This diocese was hit so hard by the lawsuits over this man’s behavior that it’s going to sell all of its churches. (AP):
The Catholic Diocese of St. George’s will sell about 150 properties to raise $10.5 million as part of a settlement for the victims of the Rev. Kevin Bennett, who was convicted in 1990 of hundreds of sexual assaults over three decades as a priest in the province of Newfoundland.
“All of the churches, all of the parish houses, all the missions,” will be sold, Bishop Douglas Crosby said. Forty properties, apparently cemeteries, weren’t part of the deal.
The organization was appealing to its 32,000 parishioners for donations to buy back core properties when they go on sale in the coming months. “What we’re hoping is we can save, or repurchase, one-third of them,” Crosby said.
And what will the return be on that investment?