Catholic community reacts to bankruptcy

By | September 16, 2019


WE HAVE A VERY HEALTHY CATHOLIC POPULATION AROUND HERE — SOMEWHERE AROUND 350- THOUSAND — SO NEWS HITS CLOSE TO HOME FOR MANY. ((LIVE WIPE)) KAYLA GREEN JOINS US LIVE OUTSIDE THE DIOCESE WITH WHAT SHE’S BEEN HEARING TODAY… KAYLA? ((KAYLA LIVE)) I TALKED TO LAWYERS- SURVIVORS- AND CATHOLIC CHURCH GOERS- AND NONE OF THEM SEEM SURPRISED BY THIS NEWS. THEY ALL HAVE DIFFERENT REACTIONS TO IT THOUGH- SOME SAYING IT’S A STUNT BY THE CHURCH TO SILENCE SURVIVORS- OTHERS SAYING THIS IS THE LOGICAL WAY TO HANDLE ALL THE LAWSUITS. ((PKG)) “” ((PKG)) “” (VO) BRIAN DELEFRANIER SAYS WHEN HE WAS AN ALTAR BOY IN THE 1980S- HE WAS ABUSED BY A PRIEST AT SAINT ANDREWS CHURCH. TO HIM- TODAY’S NEWS MEANS- HE WON’T HAVE TO LOOK HIS ABUSER IN THE EYE EVER AGAIN. (SOT) Brian DeLefranier Abuse survivor 07:38:26 I definitely don’t want the diocese to think that this is just the solve all to their problems because they may in fact feel that it is because it’s going to relieve them of the monetary whatever but it’s leaving a trail of destruction in its wake (VO) DELEFRANIER SAYS HE KNOWS SOME SURVIVORS STILL WANT THEIR DAY IN COURT. STEVE BOYD IS A LAWYER- WORKING TO STILL MAKE THAT HAPPEN. (SOT) Steve Boyd Attorney 12:14:03 In my mind there was a betrayal by the priests who could’ve been a mentor but instead was a predator. There was a betrayal by the church administration who could have called the police on these predators and instead protected the predators and not the children and now they’re attempting to cut these survivors at the knees before their story can truthfully be told (VO) SIOBHAN O’CONNOR IS THE FORMER ASSISTANT TO BISHOP MALONE IN BUFFALO- AND THE FIRST WHISTLEBLOWER THERE. SHE SAYS THIS FILING DELAYS JUSTICE. (SOT) Siobhan O’Connor Former assistant to bishop Malone, Buffalo 02:09:25 These are people who want the truth to be known their own truth that they’ve lived for so many years they want it to be known to our community and yet again a diocese is trying to keep that truth from those survivors (VO) SOME CATHOLIC CHURCH GOERS FROM SAINT MARY’S SAY- THEY HOPE SURVIVORS GET WHAT THEY NEED. BUT THE BANKRUPTCY FILING WONT AFFECT THEIR DONATIONS TO THE CHURCH. (SOT) Correne Wirt Catholic churchgoer 07:32:12 It will have impact but you know what the church is the people and we will be here and we will have our god (SOT) Jean Milne Catholic churchgoer 07:34:05 Benedict said the church will get smaller but it will get stronger ((KAYLA LIVE)) DONATIONS TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH GO TO THE CATHOLIC MINISTRIES APPEAL. BOTH WOMEN SAY THE BANKRUPTCY FILING WASNT MENTIONED AT MASS TODAY- EXCEPT TO PRAY FOR THE SURVIVORS- WHICH THEY SAY THEY ALWAYS DO. THEY ALSO TELL ME AS THE CHURCHES ARE GETTING SMALLER- THEYRE STARTING TO COMBINE. ADAM? ((ADAM/FSCG)) TO RECAP TONIGHT’S BIG STORY – THE ROCHESTER CATHOLIC DIOCESE BECAME THE FIRST IN THE STATE TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY. – FILING CHAPTER 11 GIVES THE CHURCH THE ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE WHILE WORKING TO PAY ITS DEBTS. – BISHOP MATANO CALLED IT THE BEST AND FAIREST COURSE OF ACTION FOR THE VICTIMS ((ADAM E -OTS)) A MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING A MOTHER AND HER 14 MONTH OLD SON IN SODUS PLEADED GUILTY TODAY. ALBERTO REYES WAS CHARGED WITH

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