We have a date!
Dear members of the L.A. Diocese, bishops and friends,
Thank you for your overwhelming support and feedback from our last letter. We genuinely appreciate your concern for us as we work to save St. James the Great.
We have news! We finally have a date for the Title IV Conference Panel session, after almost eight months since our complaint was referred to the panel. It will be Monday, June 20, 2016, in Southern California, with the venue to be announced. We pray this will afford an opportunity for a long-absent communication with Bishop Bruno that can lead us all to reconciliation rather than further disciplinary proceedings under the canons.
We also thought we would give you a brief update to keep you apprised of recent Corp Sole activity, since Bishop Bruno has not released the audit of Corp Sole as promised at our Diocesan Convention last December.
On January 15, 2016, Bishop Bruno sold St. Clare of Assisi, in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, for $1.8 million to a developer. For the sake of the diocese and transparency, where did the money go? What will be done with the funds? Why couldn’t the property have remained in the Corporation of the Diocese so the proceeds of the sale could be used to ease the diocesan budget shortfall?
In late February we wrote to you regarding our concern about the closure of St. Stephen’s in Whittier, CA, and hoped for “communication and transparency from the diocese in the months ahead.” We now know that Bishop Bruno closed St. Stephen’s on March 13, 2016 and the property was signed over to Corp Sole on March 22, 2016. What are his plans for the St. Stephen’s property (pictured below)?