Kettler’s Offer: An Apology, Pennies, And A Promise That Victims Won’t Go To Hell (Let’s Just Keep The Slush Fund A Secret, Okay?)

As Christ’s steward for nearly $23 million in assets, including a $15 million “endowment” slush fundBishop Donald Kettler faces a pivotal choice in the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks bankruptcy:

He can feed the weakest, poorest and most injured of Christ’s flock in Alaska, or he can feed himself.  Apparently, Kettler didn’t look to the Bible for guidance on this one.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” (Jesus) said to him, “Feed my sheep.”

John 21:15-17

As the steward of Northern Alaska, one would think Kettler could offer something more than table scraps to the flock he purports to serve.  Alas, the Bishop’s latest bankruptcy plan – described by victims as a “Second Rape” – guarantees a mere $5,500.00 to abuse survivors. Meanwhile, Kettler’s slush fund continues to grow at about $100,000 per month.

Don’t worry, Kettler says – he’ll throw victims another scrap:  The good shepherd will also read a statement of apology from the pulpit of each parish where children were abused, and will “assure survivors and parishioners that they will not go to hell as a result of coming forward regarding the abuse they suffered.”

That’s it ladies and gentlemen of the flock: $5,500, an apology, and Kettler’s assurance that survivors won’t go to hell.

Given their treatment under the Bishop’s plan, survivors are probably not the ones who need to be worried about eternal damnation.

** New note – I have received requests about the source for Kettler’s promise that victims won’t go to hell.  It’s a direct quote from the bishop’s bankruptcy plan – Section
17.12(c), page 53 of 82.

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Published in: on November 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm  Comments (6)  

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  1. This blog is really great!
    – kay ebeling

  2. Over the years I’ve read a lot of garbage coming from the mouths of miters and red hats, but this obscenity from Kettler takes the cake. He will “assure survivors and parishioners that they will not go to hell as a result of coming forward regarding the abuse they suffered”?

    WTF!?!?!?!?!? Gawd, do I wanna scream.

    • Given that abusers very well may have threatened their victims with eternal damnation, it seems very appropriate for the Bishop to make that comment. According to the legal document, he also will assure victims they did not sin by coming forward (which allays another guilt trip often imposed by abusers). He will post the names of abusers on the diocesan website for at least 5 years. His visits to parishes where abuse occurred will also include listening sessions and healing sessions. There’s a lot more here than just the snippet reported in the initial blog entry.

      Very sincerely,

      Fr. Robert

  3. How many times can these people of the Catholic Church continue to say, “I’m Sorry” and still expect to be believed? It is embarrassing and insulting to the Victims, considering that they (the perpetrator clergy and their bishop enablers) are only terribly, terribly sorry they got caught. All resources of the Roman Catholic Church should be made available to the Victims and their families. Then and only then, can we say that, “IT IS ENOUGH”.

  4. At some point it all stopped being about god and it started being about power, status and fleecing the flock. As a result, this is what we have, Desperate bishops who don’t understand the problem and have no way of developing a solution.

    And through it all, the innocent and the vulnerable keep being victimized.

  5. Can someone please provide the source of the statement attributed to Kettler to the effect that he will assure the Alaskans that they will not go to hell as a result of reporting being raped by priests. I have been directly involved in clergy sex abuse for 25 years. This statement is one of the most incredible ones I have seen. It speaks volumes about Kettler himself but even more about the pathetic state of the contemporary hierarchy.


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