Portland Archdiocese Will Resist Judge’s Ruling
Archbishop Says Church Will Follow Its Own LawSource
Portland, Ore. -- The leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland says the church will follow its own law on ownership of its property. This, despite a recent ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge who says property belonging to parishes throughout Western Oregon could be subject to sale, to satisfy claims against the Archdiocese by victims of alleged priest sex abuse.
Archbishop John Vlazny told the Catholic Sentinel that he considers church buildings and land the property of individual parishes, NOT the archdiocese.
Vlazny says the church will follow its internal law on property ownership -- quote -- "no matter what obstacles confront it." . . .
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