For the fourth time this week, we feel the need to correct errors in the Morning Call’s reporting on diocesan real estate. The caption under today’s front-page photograph of the Bishop’s house says the house has 11 bedrooms.
The Diocese of Allentown is determined to do the right thing for victims of past clergy abuse, while at the same time continuing our pastoral and charitable activities in communities throughout our five counties.
Five women parishioners of St. Columbkill, Boyertown who attend daily Mass turn 90 this year, and the parish helped them celebrate their “roaring ’90s.”
The Diocese of Allentown has been selling unused properties to raise funds to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse. The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program is providing compensation to victims as one aspect of their healing. The Diocese has designated millions of dollars for this program, and is raising the money by using available cash, by borrowing, and by selling property which consists mostly of vacant land. No parish or school assets are being used. An article posted today by The Morning Call in Allentown may raise some questions in the minds of parishioners about the effort to raise funds for this program. We are providing additional information to help answer those questions.