The following comes from a Diocese of Stockton press release:
On January 10, 2017, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, Judge Christopher M. Klein, Presiding, approved the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton’s consensual Plan of Reorganization. The Plan received nearly unanimous approval in voting by the sexual abuse survivors and other creditors. The Plan provides $15 million to survivors of sexual abuse as well as non-monetary commitments which are important aspects of any healing process. The Plan demonstrates the Diocese of Stockton’s commitment to provide for survivors of sexual abuse in a fair, just and equitable manner from its available resources.
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton filed bankruptcy on January 15, 2014. After months of negotiations and with the assistance of a court-appointed mediator, the Diocese’s Plan reflects the resolution of many issues with the creditors committee, insurance carriers and other parties. Key provisions of the Plan include:
- • $15 million through cash contributions and a promissory note to fund a trust for the exclusive benefit of survivors of clergy sexual abuse,
- • payment of at least 50% of what is owed to general unsecured creditors,
- • restructuring of secured loans,
- • funding for the Plan coming from the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton, settling insurance carriers and certain other entities associated with the Diocese of Stockton.
The approved consensual Plan will allow the Diocese to exit bankruptcy within the next few weeks. The Diocese with limited financial assets will be able to continue its essential ministries and services to meet the needs of the parishioners and others who rely on the Diocese’s ministry, education, and charitable outreach.
“We wish to thank all of the parties, including the court appointed mediator Judge Gregg W. Zive, Judge Klein, the sexual abuse survivors, the insurers, the creditors’ committee, and their respective counsel, our counsel, and the entire Catholic community, for helping bring this very difficult chapter in the history of the Diocese to an equitable resolution,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire.
The Cost of the Homosex Ephebophile Attack on the youth of the Church can never be measured in money alone, too many ives have been ruined by this Evil.
Keeping such predatory Homosex Ephebophiles Out of the system Must be a Priority – going forward.
Yes, Excellency, a “difficult chapter in the history of the diocese,” indeed. Why? All due to the Church’s embrace of homosexual clergy and its commitment to hide their morally vile sodomy with young boys. And, from current literature, the insults to God continue, with the Francis’ NewChurch watering down seminary gatekeepers regarding admitting homosexual members. (The answer should be never, ever.) More horrors to come.
Of course, responding to such horrors may not occur if the Church “comes out” and tells the world that sodomy is OK and that young boys generally benefit from such “relationships.” Satan is very pleased with the modern, permanent brand that the Catholic Church now has. Not a good result at all,…
I do think that the thinking and sentiments of St.Christopher are false, deluded, and wrong. Why? Because no one in the Church condones abuse and molestation, especially the young (do you remember the Zero Tolerance Policy); the Church still teaches against being unchaste outside of traditional marriage; the Church still bans practicing homosexual from entering the seminary which was reinforced as late as last December through the document “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” written by the Congregation for Clergy—Pope Francis’ own Congregation, mind you.
So, this attitude exhibited by St.Chris is consistent with previous posts of his and others of unjustly castigating any good work of the legitimate clergy; of ridiculing…
the Ordinary Form; of tearing down the Church. People, you don’t build up by tearing down unjustly. You encourage. And the fact that the Diocese is getting out of bankruptcy is an occasion to give thanks, to take stock—not to continue to spew your negativity.
This whole episode is so unspeakably sad—the diminishment of the resources and wealth contributed and sacrificed by the Catholic people of Stockton, the loss of moral leadership by the bishop and the clergy, and the general state of chaos, now. both moral and spiritual, as an effect of these multiple abuse cases. If only Bp. Blair had attended more to his diocese during his tenure, to address the abuse issue, most of which cases were under Mahony (1980-85) & Montrose (1985-99). But in fact the terrible extent of these did come to his attention during the depositions of the horrorific Oliver O’Grady case (2005). He could have spoken up then. He could have called up Mahony and insisted he resign. No.