“The Truth Matters” – VT Digger cites story about church hiding money in effort to raise its own

Phil Scott’s not the only State House presence engaged in fundraising. Under a headline titled “The Truth Matters: How the Catholic Church hid assets from victims,” VT Digger Publisher Anne Galloway published a hybrid news story/fundraising appeal today. Listed under the news website’s “Business & Economy” category, Ms. Galloway states that “We are asking you to support the fearless work of our reporters who bring you the news that you need.”

"Dear Reader, We published a story Sunday about how the Catholic Church stashed assets to avoid settlements with victims of priest abuse. Reporter Kevin O'Connor found that the Vermont Diocese hid $500 million in real estate from victims since lawsuits were filed in the mid-2000s.

This latest revelation is part of an ongoing series about the extent to which the Catholic Church has worked for decades to keep the details of sexual misconduct a secret. A recent report revealed that more than 40 Vermont priests abused children over seven decades. O'Connor has detailed a survivor’s story, explained how abusive clergy were allowed to stay on the job, and how the Catholic Church is attempting to atone for its hidden past. Without VTDigger, these stories would have gone untold."

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