The Catholic Church, which did so much to hide the scandal of priests abusing young boys, is now trying to pay off the many millions of dollars it owes in lawsuit settlements, by evicting some elderly and disabled nuns from their Santa Barbara home.

The “Sisters of Bethany” is an order which has administered to the needs of the poorer residents of Santa Barbara since at least 1950. The city is one of the wealthiest in the nation, and counts among its residents Oprah Winfrey.

The sisters, who will be forced out of their $750,000 home, include a diabetes sufferer and another one with partial blindness. Meanwhile, Bishop Thomas Curry lives in a $3 million dollar (church bought) home in an elite section of the city, and will continue to live there rent free.

These nuns took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. But after a lifetime of work and sacrifice, their reward is to be thrown out of their home, and to deprive a poor community of caregivers, so that a wealthy church can keep its most powerful bishops housed in palatial splendor.


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