* Oh...and it sounds like that NDAA measure could be useful for one tiny little rendition of a certain scumbag from the Cayman Islands, eh? Why should
being a member of the Church cover him for fraud and theft? I'm asking simply because you say you live in the area and so would bring perspective few
if any of the rest of us have for this. ?
Honestly, I don't know why there wasn't a criminal investigation into the Archdiocese of Detroit regarding this matter. But it smells rotten. The
whole issue raises all kinds of questions:
Why would you secure funding from a foreign bank, when there are hundreds of local banks in metro-Detroit that could fund such a project as the John
Paul II Cultural Center? What are you hiding by using a foreign bank?
Why weren't there other Archdioceses involved (Chicago, Cleveland, NYC, Washington D.C., etc.)? Usually, for a project this large you would pool
resources. Instead, only the Detroit Archdiocese got the shaft.
Why did they build the JPII Cultural Center in Washington D.C., and not Detroit? Detroit could use the tourist dollars, and we have a huge Catholic
population here. Why Washington D.C.? Again, was the Archdiocese trying to keep the project out of the limelight of the Detroit Catholic population
- Meaning, if you build the building in another state, it will draw less scrutiny and attention from the local Catholics that are actually funding the
Why wasn't there a committee overseeing the funding of the project? From everything I have read, this project was orchestrated with little oversight,
and decisions were made by one archbishop.
Where is the transparency for the budget, monthly construction draw schedule, etc. for the members of the Archdiocese to review? How do you know the
project wasn't over-priced, or put out to bid properly? How do you know if there were or were not bribes or kick-backs to cronies without
Why is this same retired Archbishop now living in the Cayman Islands? Doesn't that sound fishy? How many priests or religious do you know that
retire to a vacation hot spot, and a know tax haven for criminals and drug fiends?
Where is the public outcry? We are talking about $50 Million dollars that was siphoned from helping the poor and downtrodden in Detroit?
Why is it that the only buyer that the Archdiocese could find was the brotherhood fraternity, the K of C?
The whole thing from the outside smacks of corruption and greed. It stinks to high heaven. Just the appearance and superficial details smell bad.
It would be nice for a prosecutor to do a thorough investigation into the matter. Of course, the Archdiocese would just say it was a project that
went wrong, well-intended, but a disaster. They'll blame it on human error.
This building sat vacant for years and years. Maintenance alone every month ran tens of thousands of dollars just to maintain the building.
"Within five years of its opening, it was $36 million in debt to the Detroit archdiocese because of the loans. The amount rose to more than $54
million today, a portion of which included an average of $65,000 per month for upkeep, which the archdiocese continued to pay even while it marketed
the center for sale during the past 18 months.
Unfortunately, Maida made the loans without consultation with the priests or laity of the archdiocese. It was only after the NCR reported on the debt
in a February 2006 story that he acknowledged the financial scope of the loans in a letter to the archdiocese. Maida's successor, Allen Vigneron, has
been left to pick up the pieces."
Unfortunate indeed. That's the understatement of the century. Tell that to the working poor in Detroit.
According to the articles posted above, the Archdiocese lost $34 Million on this fiasco. That money would go a long way towards helping the homeless
and poor in Detroit. What a sad, pathetic joke. It's a scam on a grand scale.
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