Diocese must continue to face scrutiny
Joe Wojtas' recent reporting on The Diocese of Norwich ("Priest abuse victims group opposes diocese actions in bankruptcy case," Nov. 8) spending an astounding $1.1 million dollars in legal fees in only 10 weeks, related to its bankruptcy case, is further evidence of the diocese and Bishop Michael Cote's ongoing plot. A plot denying plaintiffs, victims of sexual abuse, their due, full legal compensation. As Wojtas reports, the diocese claims its bankruptcy stems from more than 60 men filing lawsuits, claiming they were raped and sexually assaulted as boys by two Christian Brothers and staff at the diocese run Mount Saint John Academy in Deep River. The alleged crimes occurred from 1990 to 2002.
The Diocese of Norwich's financial claim of insolvency and its wasteful spending on legal fees must face continued scrutiny for accuracy and truthfulness. The diocese, Bishop Cote, and the Church have a long, smug history of secrecy and non-transparency. Never have the diocese and the church opened their books to independent investigators. New London Attorney Kelly Reardon, representing 15 claimants, says she's "amazed by the gall of the diocese."
The Catholic Church enjoys tax-exempt status. Now, in the wake of its worldwide sexual abuse scandal, it is time for the government to examine the the worthiness of the church's special privilege.