WILMINGTON, Del. – The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington says it is obligated to keep paying retirement benefits to six priests who church officials have confirmed are pedophiles.
The diocese filed for Chapter 11 protection last month. 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.
But in a filing late Thursday, the diocese said it has an obligation to care for retired clergy, including priests dismissed from public ministry.
The motion 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.
Two points spring to mind:
1) Retirements to be paid by the church they sinned against? After the men broke their most revered rule?
Here is what I think. If they won't let the citizens judge these citizens, then they have to set up some sort of secure prison for holding these frocked sex freaks away from my grandbabies and your daughters / sons, etc.
They should not get ankle bracelets or tracking devices; with the freedom to roam around the cities and suburbs. In the interest of keeping the molestations (note the plural???) FROM HAPPENING, they should be incarcerated in a prison/church cell. Or don't we care about keeping the kids safe? They don't need retirement bennies and retirement cash: In my humble opinion, if we can't give them the death needle, then they need to be incarcerated, not paid.