January 25, 2015
Dear Fellow Parishioners:
At the end of November I wrote to you regarding an Archdiocesan meeting that several parishioners were inquiring as to whether we were going to attend or not. The following is an update. On December 11th a parish leader and I gathered with several other Archdiocesan parishes at a meeting with an attorney whose specialty is bankruptcy. This law firm had previously been retained by a few parishes out of concern over the clergy abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Could lawsuits be filed against individual parishes? After further study of the issues involved, our parish leaders have decided to combine with a number of these parishes in jointly retaining this bankruptcy law firm. The sole purpose of this is to protect parish assets in the event that Archdiocesan assets are insufficient to cover the claims against it. If so, it is possible that an effort might be made to collect the balance from individual parishes simply because they belong to the Archdiocese. Our decision to join this group of parishes has not being taken because of any claims of liability against St. Edward’s directly. To date, we have no knowledge of any such claims involving our parish. Watch future bulletins for updates in the weeks to come.
Sherrie Schroeder, Parish Administrator