Priests & Abuse of Authority
Written by Janet
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington says they have no choice but to keep paying retirement benefits to six priests who church officials have confirmed are pedophiles. Last month, the diocese filed for Chapter 11.
Officials had told the judge the church would not make any payments to priests accused of sexual abuse without a court order, even if the abuse had not been substantiated. As of late Thursday, the diocese said it has an obligation to care for retired clergy, including priests dismissed from public ministry.
This motion filed now asks for permission to continue paying benefits to six confirmed pedophiles, including 80-year-old former priest Francis DeLuca, who was defrocked after serving a jail term in New York for repeatedly abusing his grandnephew.