How can a particular church go bankrupt, shouldn't it fall back on Rome. If Rome lost all its money, then the whole church could go bankrupt? Still sounds wrong, doesn't it?
there is nothing i can say to express my disgust.
I don't use every day, and never have used such words as priests, archdiocese, cardinals, bishops, etc. The churches I've attended merely used biblical scripture to teach morals, and how to handle the various problems we encounter throughout life. Our teachers were called ministers and when one fell he'/she was fired, as in go get a job as a salesman.
The Catholic Church is bankrupt in more ways than financially. It is morally bankrupt and has let its congregation down. I don't care what this CHURCH does about its money after all victims are paid in full for the destruction of their lives by sick men. The Catholic CHURCH should introduce some changes that include priests' , bishops, cardinals, popes, etc. right to marriage and children, and a board of directors in each church made up of its members.
Looking at this situation purely in terms of the consideration of a bankruptcy filing, I think the Archdiocese should be able to file for bankruptcy independently of the Vatican, should they so choose. I see it as a parallel to when a small company that is owned by a larger parent company goes under. Sometimes it isn't worthwhile for the parent company to keep the smaller company afloat, and it is dissolved.
Now, looking at the Church not as a financial entity but as a place people go for spiritual nourishment, the issue gets a little thornier. The Vatican needs to start taking more responsibility for what happened in part of its jurisdiction.
The Archdiocese of Boston is beginning to attempt to take financial responsibility for its actions. I think that is what the bankruptcy filing comes down to. But taking financial responsibility and accepting the consequences of an organization's actions are not all the Archdiocese needs to do. The need to prove that nothing like this will ever happen again.
And in order to prove that this will never happen again, the ethical responsibility needs to be traced past Boston all the way to the Vatican.