• Lawyers say Minnesota archdiocese hiding $1 billion in assets

    Lawyers say Minnesota archdiocese hiding $1 billion in assets

    • May 25, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Attorneys on Tuesday accused a Minnesota archdiocese of sheltering more than $1 billion in assets to avoid big payouts to abuse survivors as part of the church’s bankruptcy case. They say the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has some $1.7 billion in assets — far

  • Bishop threatens to close schools rather than pay property taxes

    Bishop threatens to close schools rather than pay property taxes

    • May 24, 2016

    After an Italian mayor asked the local archdiocese to pay back property taxes on Catholic schools amounting to around U.S. $112,000, the archbishop has written to the country’s prime minister threatening to close those schools if the Church is forced to pay. In a letter published on his own archdiocesan

  • Financial misconduct in parishes is all too common

    Financial misconduct in parishes is all too common

    • Dec 22, 2015

    Behind the sensational headlines about a New York priest accused of pilfering church coffers to pay for an extravagant lifestyle – “Priest paid his male ‘sex master’ from collection plate: lawsuit,” as the New York Post put it — is the surprisingly common accusation of a trusted employee or volunteer