Judge Rules Church Can Protect Funds From Abuse Settlements
Federal Judge Rudolph T Randa issued a ruling this Wednesday that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee can legally prevent $57 million from going to settlements in the church's ongoing sexual abuse scandals by transferring the funds into a trust fund designed for the upkeep and maintenance of Milwaukee Catholic cemeteries. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee had filed for bankruptcy largely in part due to the hefty amount the church owes in sexual abuse settlements, and the case was trying to determine if the $57 million can be included in the Church's assets.
The ruling dealt down by Judge Randa has serious implications for those seeking settlement money from any religious institutions in the future. In particular the decision sets a precedent for any religious organization to protect any funds they deem appropriately theirs through redistributing their assets.
Media Resources: Opposing Views 7/31/2013; ThinkProgress 7/31/2013; New York Times 7/2/2013; Feminist Newswire 7/2/2013