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Clergy abuse reports pose financial concerns

October 23, 2013
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New questions about the way the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct are posing some financial concern for local parishes — including the potential for new legal expenses and a falloff in donations.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports (http://bit.ly/1aFO9JA ) that some who track weekly church collections are worried that negative publicity could cause parishioners to give less.

And even before allegations were made public, the archdiocese was concerned that a new law that eases the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse would open the church up to more lawsuits — and more legal expenses.

The church's finances have been under heightened scrutiny in recent years. Former employees tell MPR that church leaders met privately with bankruptcy attorneys last spring.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

 
 

 

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