503 Angelenos will sleep a bit better tonight as the LA Times reports they have settled their abuse claims against the Diocese of Los Angeles for a record $660 Million. Story here.
Something rarely seen at the end of litigation is an apology to the plaintiffs, but Cardinal Mahoney did so as reported in the LA Times here. Not that either will erase the memories of the abuse. (For you math wizards that 1.3M per plaintiff before deducting out attorney fees and litigation costs).
In a totally unrelated matter Pope Benedict XVI did the equivilent of farting in church and bailed to his Dolomite vacation retreat. What he did is issue a statement that the other christian churches out there are “flawed” as they seceeded from the Roman Catholic church which is the only true apolstolic church. So much for the ecumenical bridges that were built after the meeting of the second vatican counsel in the 1960’s. The LA Times reports the stink here.
(I’ll leave the debate to the theologians out there on the purity of the Roman Catholic Doctrine. Suffice it to say I don’t quite understand how pure they can be when out of 12 Apostles they let Roman Emperor Constantine use only 4 for their gospels totally ignoring the others).
The pictures is mine, shot in HDR, tonemapped and finished in Optikverve’s Virtual Photographer.