The Associated Press reports:
San Francisco’s Roman Catholic archdiocese filed for bankruptcy Monday, saying the filing is necessary to manage more than 500 lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by church officials. The Chapter 11 protection filing will stop all legal actions against the archdiocese and thus allow it to develop a settlement plan with abuse survivors, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in a statement.
“Cordileone will use every tactic and tool at his disposal to continue to run from the truth. He refuses to identify offenders in his diocese, he attempts legal maneuvers to eliminate the California Child Victims Act, and now he is attempting a last-ditch effort to hide the truth behind bankruptcy,” Jeff Anderson, an attorney representing over 125 survivors in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, said in a statement.
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Cordileone, the so-called “father of Prop 8,” was passed over for a promotion to cardinal last year after he defied Pope Francis by ordering that communion be denied to Nancy Pelosi.
As I’ve reported on multiple occasions, Cordileone is arguably the most anti-LGBTQ of US archbishops and that’s saying something.
In September 2021, he called pro-choice members of the US House “satanists.” In March 2021, Cordileone signed a statement from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops which lobbied the federal government against a funding for a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.
Also in 2021, Cordileone condemned the COVID vaccines, declaring that they are “not really vaccines.” In 2020, he performed an exorcism at the California site of a civil rights protest.
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— David Crary (@CraryAP) August 21, 2023