Here’s a tricky situation. Parents of students at a Catholic school scheduled to be closed are suing the Boston archdiocese. They want control of $200,000 raised for the school over the past couple of years to open a new independent school. The archdiocese says the money became part of the parish’s general finances and thus the money will be folded into the archdiocese’s general fund. This is complicated.
On the one hand, there is a law that says that money donated for a specific purpose must be used for that purpose, and with the closing of the school the money should be returned to donors. And, it could be argued that a new independent school is not the same donation purpose as the original school, so the parents shouldn’t get control of the money either.
I’m afraid the law will be on the side of the archdiocese in this.