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I know what you're thinking - it's about time!  But wait, it's not what you think...

Instead of "cleaning house" and ridding itself of the pedophile priests and those who would cover it up, THIS is the  house they are cleaning:

In response to legal bills associated with the recent court case involving Msgr. Lynn and Rev. Brennan [$10 million and counting], the Philadelphia diocese is doing what most of us would - unloading it's estimated $6.2 million dollar beachfront property along the Ventnor, NJ boardwalk.  While I understand that not all priests or diocese's take a vow of poverty, this seems to fly in the face of the Code of Canon Law:

Can. 281 §1. Since clerics dedicate themselves to ecclesiastical ministry, they deserve remuneration which is consistent with their condition, taking into account the nature of their function and the conditions of places and times, and by which they can provide for the necessities of their life as well as for the equitable payment of those whose services they need.

Can. 282 §1. Clerics are to foster simplicity of life and are to refrain from all things that have a semblance of vanity.

To me, this indicates that perhaps this multi-million dollar mansion along the Jersey shore doesn't quite follow the "simple way of life" and, I don't know where you're spending your summer vacation, but mine is probably going to involve a tent and some mosquito repellant!

From the Article:

The home used by vacationing retired priests will be shuttered on Saturday.

The house cost the archdiocese almost $115,000 in property taxes last year.

The church also paid for staff including cooks, waiters and caretakers for the retired priests.

Now where will they go for their summer vacations??

Granted, priests deserve time off - as evidenced in Can. 282 §2.

They are entitled, however, to a fitting and sufficient time of vacation each year as determined by universal or particular law
But this?  Really?

[And the sad thing of it is this isn't even to pay judgements to the victims - but rather to pay for the defense of those who aided and abetted the pedophiles]

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    by Roxine on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 08:51:50 AM PDT

  •  Wouldn't it be nice (15+ / 0-)

    If this became a place of refuge for victims? You know, by suing the Church and forcing them to turn the house over to victims. Like the KKK had to do (turn over their headquarters) to the McDonald family after their son was lynched.

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    by The Pollster on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:06:33 AM PDT

  •  Is it sad that I find this all too believable? (9+ / 0-)

    These days I'd be shocked if the RCC hierarchy actually did the right thing.

  •  Crikey! Tone deaf much? n/t (7+ / 0-)

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    by luckylizard on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:25:21 AM PDT

  •  It's very common (5+ / 0-)
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    Quite a few Catholic religious orders around the Philadelphia area have properties down at the shore in South Jersey to use for vacations. Spending summers "down the shore" is a way of life for many Philadelphians. (I'm actually headed down to my parents' shore house for the weekend in about an hour when my daughter gets out of camp, same as my grandparents and great-grandparents always did, as far back as our family remembers, while there were automobiles. Before that, the story goes, the women and children would spend the whole summer at the shore, and the father would come down for his vacation weeks around 4th of July, and in August)

    Usually these places were originally donated... say if parents of a priest or nun were well-off, owned the property, and had nobody else to pass it down to, or wanted to be especially generous because their child had gone into the religious life. Usually the deed is signed over to the Order, or the Archdiocese, in these instances, not the individual.

    Also, the prices for the properties, especially near Atlantic City, have increased dramatically since the 1970's (they went up exponentially after the casinos were approved - even with the recession and housing bubble collapse). A place like that in Ventnor was probably about a $2000 donation, back in the 1920's... very generous, to be sure, but nothing like it would be today. Given the style of house and that it's in Ventnor, it looks about 100 years old, so it could have been in the church's hands since then. Really.

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    by Cinnamon on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 10:35:00 AM PDT

    •  My husband's uncle was a Priest and aunt was (3+ / 0-)
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      a nun - and you're correct, in many instances, wealthy families leave the church property and monies, and my husband's family has been very generous over the years.

      But in this case, the archdiocese acquired this property in 1963, according to the article.  

      Have fun at the "shore" Cinnamon!

      Stay cool!

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      by Roxine on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 12:08:18 PM PDT

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    •  It was from a priest's sister (3+ / 0-)
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      back in 1963, in memory of her brother.

      So you hit the nail right on the head.

      [BTW ... have a great time "downashore"!]

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      by BachFan on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 03:12:28 PM PDT

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      •  It appears that it was purchased - by the diocese (2+ / 0-)
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        Though the property - which Hogan bought for $55,000 in 1961 - was said to have been donated to the archdiocese, its June 2, 1963, deed shows tax stamps indicating a sale price of $100,000, according to the Atlantic County Clerk's Office. It is now one of the highest-assessed homes in Ventnor.
        And $100,000 in 1963 is an awful lot of money, considering the average annual wage was just under $6,000.

        From the people

        Cost Of Living 1963

        How Much things cost in 1963
        Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.24%
        Yearly Inflation Rate UK 1.8%
        Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 762
        Average Cost of new house $12,650.00
        Average Income per year $5,807.00
        Gas per Gallon 29 cents
        Average Cost of a new car $3,233.00
        Loaf of bread 22 cents
        Bedroom Air Conditioner $149.95

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        by Roxine on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 04:03:46 PM PDT

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  •  Great diary, as usual, Roxine! (2+ / 0-)
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    I cannot believe I missed 2 of your diaries ... been too busy to even look at my Daily Kos Stream (diary inbox) ... I have  some reading ahead of me.

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    by 2thanks on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 01:05:30 PM PDT

    •  Thanks 2thanks - life sometimes gets in the way (2+ / 0-)
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      of our real love - DKos!  :)

      And thanks for the tag additions/adjustments.

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      by Roxine on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 04:12:29 PM PDT

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