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Note : The documents in this file are offered solely for educational purposes. Should any reader wish to quote or reproduce these documents for sale, the original publisher should be contacted and permission requested. Last March, after nine years of litigation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence refused to settle more than three dozen sexual-abuse civil lawsuits, saying: "Do you want us to sell Bishop Hendricken High School?
But as the 38 lawsuits move toward trial, the plaintiffs' lawyers say that the diocese is wealthier, and more of a sophisticated business, than it portrays itself. And on Warwick Neck, the diocese owns the Aldrich Mansion, a room house on 75 acres, bought in from the family of U.
Nelson W. The Italian-marble floors shine, the manicured lawns slope to Narragansett Bay -- the ambience evokes fairy tales. Hollywood producers filmed the movie Meet Joe Black there because, they said, it resembles the French residences of the late Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Yet most of the wealth of the Rhode Island Catholic Church is not so apparent. Constitutional laws separating church and state mean that U. And Rhode Island maintains an unusual law that since has allowed the local Roman Catholic bishop to hold an unlimited amount of land tax-free, in a company under his name only, with virtually no reporting requirements to the state. Journal File Photo]. It has seven bedrooms, sculpted hedges, and a lawn that stretches to the beach. To try to analyze the holdings of the Catholic Church is to wade into a morass, says Dean R.
The IRS doesn't know. There's no reporting of any kind. Shielded holdings are only part of the challenge of looking into the church's finances. The Diocese of Providence may argue to Rhode Island judges, in its quest to keep its internal governance private, that the church is not a corporation but, rather, a hierarchy, ruled by centuries-old Canon Law -- yet its structure is modern and secular.
The diocese consists, in fact, of corporations: charities, schools, parishes, and investment funds, each listed as a separate company. Since the sexual-abuse lawsuits began in Rhode Island, in , the diocese has added nine new corporations. Patrick Schiltz, dean of the University of St. Thomas Law School, in Minnesota, and a lawyer who has represented the church in sexual-abuse cases, says: "The simple reason [for the corporations] is so that when someone who works for one part of the operation does something that creates a lot of liability, it doesn't pull down the whole operation -- if a jury goes off the deep end and awards millions, schools and parishes all over the diocese don't have to shut down.
Robert W. Tuttle, a professor at George Washington Law School, says that lawyers for the church are saying there's "no need to leave our chest exposed, so they can stab us. Lawyers for Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States have discussed ways to shield assets from lawsuits since , according to minutes from that year's National Meeting of Diocesan Attorneys, attended by William T.
Murphy, the lawyer for the Providence diocese. A moderator at the meeting said that the Archdiocese of Dubuque, for instance, had more than corporations, and that the advantage of being organized this way was that "problems at the parish level will not get into the diocesan coffers.
The Providence diocese had already, since the early to mids, incorporated most of its parishes. Stanislas Kostka Church, of Woonsocket? A corporation. The bishop, currently Robert E. Mulvee, is the president of each corporation.
Since , with the first lawsuits alleging that the diocese had covered up sexual abuse from the s into the '90s, the diocese has created nine more corporations.
The corporations are not physical entities; the address for each is that of Murphy, the diocesan lawyer. William G. Halpin, spokesman for the diocese, says that the corporations were formed for a variety of reasons. Some of them were formed to restrict the use of donations to specific charities.
Others have been formed to "maximize the return on investments. That does not imply any illegal or improper use of corporate structure. The diocese has placed its most valuable property, such as the Watch Hill and Aldrich mansions, in a corporation entitled the Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence, a Corporation Sole. This is what the Rhode Island General Assembly approved in , and in it amended the law to allow the bishop to hold unlimited tax-free land in his name.
Unlike a nonprofit corporation, he is not required to file detailed reports, or list directors, for this corporation. Fewer than half the states recognize corporations sole, which are typically used as land-holding entities by such proprietors as the Queen of England and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Halpin, the diocesan spokesman, will not confirm that valuation: "We do not have current appraisals to give you an accurate figure.
Keough, has seven bedrooms, sculpted hedges, and a lawn that stretches to the beach. It is a part-time summer home for bishops, who also invite other high-ranking members of the clergy to stay there, says Halpin.
The star of the Warwick holdings is, of course, the Aldrich estate. In Sen. Aldrich imported artisans from Italy and France to create the mansion. In teak and mahogany, woodcarvers sculpted acorns, fruits, and wreathed dancing figures.
Gold leaf surrounds the painting on the foyer's ceiling. The estate consists of the mansion, a caretaker's cottage, and a boat house -- itself a mini-mansion, designed to remind Aldrich of the steamships upon which he had journeyed to Europe.
Theodore Roosevelt stayed in the house, as did William H. Aldrich's daughter Abby married John D. Rockefeller Jr. The diocese built a seminary on the property, but closed it in the '80s; it now leases part of the property to the Legionaires of Christ, a religious order that runs Overbook Academy, a girls' school. The Aldrich mansion is best known now as a posh banquet hall. Halpin, the diocesan spokesman, declines to specify how much the diocese makes each year by renting out the mansion, or how much the diocese was paid for the six weeks of filming Meet Joe Black, the movie starring Brad Pitt.
But, says Halpin, by the time the diocese pays for the upkeep, the mansion is "typically a break even proposition or a slight deficit. Along with the Aldrich and Watch Hill mansions, the Roman Catholic bishop corporation owns at least two retreat properties.
The retreat is home to two priests and a nun, and it's where the diocese holds a "variety of spiritual-enrichment programs," says spokesman Halpin. The bishop corporation's other major retreat is the St. Standing on 13 acres of former farmland donated to the diocese, the center is open for retreats and meetings, says Halpin. No one lives there. In addition to these establishments, the bishop corporation owns stretches of open land, in such towns as Foster, Exeter, Smithfield, Middletown, Portsmouth, Westerly, and Cumberland.
And the Cumberland acres lie in the desirable Diamond Hill area. Meanwhile, there are the bishop corporation's 22 acres in Newport, off Ocean Drive: a school sits on some of them, while across the street 10 nuns live in a house on eight acres.
Fifteen nuns live and hold retreats on this property near the Bay. Some affordable-housing advocates criticized the diocese, noting that Stella Maris had been left to the diocese, in a parishioner's will, as a retirement home. Phyllis Hutnak is suing the Providence diocese over alleged sexual abuse by the late Monsignor Louis W. Dunn, convicted three years ago of raping a different woman in She has visited most of the state's town and city halls to research the Catholic Church's property and sales.
Hutnak, who is 51 and lives in Charlestown, says that she is looking into the church's assets because the church, while portraying those who are suing it as greedy, is not being open about its wealth. When the diocese rejected a settlement offer last March, it said that its money was tied up in charitable causes that could not, under state law, be taken away and in real estate that is not easily liquidated.
To which one of the plaintiff lawyers, Carl P. DeLuca, responded that the diocese "has many assets they can liquidate, or pledge as security for a loan, in order to compensate victims of sexual abuse.
DeLuca added: "It is commendable that the diocese wishes to be able to continue supporting the charitable works it has traditionally supported. However, the Providence diocese must realize that charity begins at home, particularly when the need that exists was created by their own conduct.
Where does the money generated by such diocesan corporations as the Roman Catholic Bishop go? The diocese says that the money goes to education, summer camps, schools, and other charitable organizations that it runs. None of the diocese's money has gone to the people who are now demanding restitution for having suffered at the hands of the Rhode Island Catholic Church.
The diocese has argued successfully in Rhode Island courts that despite the church's corporate structure, its bishops are not CEOs, its internal investigations are not civil inquiries, and its property is not available to satisfy civil lawsuits. James T.
Murphy, the other main diocesan lawyer -- along with William T. Murphy -- in this case, explained recently: "The problem is that the church, any church, is not like any corporation. That opinion is sounded from as high as the Vatican. Scoka, the Vatican's financial officer, said: "We are not a business, nor a corporation.
Israel refused to force the diocese to open its personnel files, to show how higher-ups had handled complaints of sexual abuse. Israel wrote: "Inquiry into such matters would plainly take this court into religious questions beyond its jurisdictions.
Needham said that the corporation that holds church property could not legally be sued by a parishioner abused by the late Father William C. O'Connell, a convicted sexual abuser. Needham said that the state law that established the Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence, a Sole Corporation, defines the corporation as a property-holding entity: therefore, the corporation has no role in supervising priests.
In the state Supreme Court dismissed an attempt by a dozen people to have the bishop corporation found liable for alleged abuse at the former St. Aloysius Home, in Smithfield. Justice Robert G. Flanders wrote: "Just as all cows are mammals but not all mammals are cows, the mere fact that Bishop [Louis E. The lawyers for the plaintiffs now believe that the courts are shifting in their favor.
Superior Court Judge Robert D. Krause, now overseeing the litigation, ruled last month that the diocese must open its records regarding what it knew and what it did about priests accused of sexual abuse.
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Bill Parrish Anthony Hopkins , media tycoon, loving father and still a human being, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. One morning, he is contacted by the Inevitable - by hallucination, as he thinks. Later, Death itself enters his home and his life, personified in a man's body: Joe Black Brad Pitt has arrived. His intention was to take Bill with him, but accidentally, Joe's former host and Bills beautiful daughter Susan have already met. Joe begins to develop certain interest in life on earth as well as in Susan Claire Forlani , who has no clue who she's flirting with. Shooting on Saturday and Sunday to keep from contributing to New York's already-congested weekday traffic, the unit rehearsed and then filmed a complicated sequence involving a stunt, that had to be meticulously timed, in which Susan and the young man walk out of not only the coffee shop but also, it would appear, each others' lives. When the filmmakers wanted to convey the idea that the Anthony Hopkins character was a man with the world at his feet, they cast the Pierre penthouse as his residence, filming the exterior from a helicopter and shooting the views from its windows. It stands meters tall. All images that appear on the site are copyrighted to their respective owners and otsoNY.
Here Brest filmed the scene in which Dr. Susan Parrish, played by Claire Forlani, has a chance encounter with a charming young man, played by Brad Pitt, who sets off unexpected sparks. The coffee shop interior completed, filming then shifted downtown to Lexington Avenue and 23rd Street where the unit cordoned-off a four square block area. Shooting on Saturday and Sunday to keep from contributing to New York's already-congested weekday traffic, the unit rehearsed and then filmed a complicated sequence involving a stunt, that had to be meticulously timed, in which Susan and the young man walk out of not only the coffee shop but also, it would appear, each others' lives. Pitt's first scene as Joe Black involved the character's first time ever encounter with peanut butter and was filmed inside a kitchen in the Cartier Mansion off Fifth Avenue, after which the unit moved to Fifth Avenue's Metropolitan Club.
Location 2: The accident. Location 3: Penthouse. This movie remains one of my all-time favorites, largely due to its elegant sets and locations. I truly hope there are others who were moved by the stunning visuals of this movie as much as I continue to be, and always offer ongoing thanks to the producers and filming experts who brought these places together to complete the look of a warming and enduring masterpiece in Meet Joe Black.
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Note : The documents in this file are offered solely for educational purposes. Should any reader wish to quote or reproduce these documents for sale, the original publisher should be contacted and permission requested. Last March, after nine years of litigation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence refused to settle more than three dozen sexual-abuse civil lawsuits, saying: "Do you want us to sell Bishop Hendricken High School? But as the 38 lawsuits move toward trial, the plaintiffs' lawyers say that the diocese is wealthier, and more of a sophisticated business, than it portrays itself. And on Warwick Neck, the diocese owns the Aldrich Mansion, a room house on 75 acres, bought in from the family of U.
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