We can expect a new wave of lawsuits against the Church in California. The governor just signed a a law that gives people one year to sue for sex abuse in cases where the statute of limitations has expired. I don’t begrudge the victims their day in court, but this is really going to hurt Catholics in California, because they’re the ones who actually bear the cost of lawsuits, not bishops.
I expect we’re going to see that Tucson and Portland won’t be the only dioceses filing for bankruptcy.[Thanks to Wayne for the link.]