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Amos Interviewed on Fox News Latino

Amos Interviewed on Fox News Latino

Hank Amos, President and CEO of Tucson Realty & Trust Co.,  was interviewed by Aalia Shaheed, of Fox News Latino, for her piece on the upcoming U.S visit by Pope Francis and the bankruptcy of the Catholic Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico.

As Pope Francis prepares visit, bishops in the Southwest prepare for financial ruin

by Aailia Shaheed

via foxnews.com/latino

As Pope Francis prepares for his upcoming visit to the U.S., Catholic bishops in the Southwest are preparing to face financial ruin, after a sex abuse scandal that involved nearly 60 victims now seeking compensation.

The Diocese of Gallup, which includes 53 parishes in both Northeastern Arizona and Northwestern New Mexico, is liquidating over 120 properties in two court-ordered auctions to cover for the victims.

Most of the properties being auctioned were donated from parishioners – New Mexico court documents show the diocese’s assets to be “virtually non-existent.”  In fact, the Diocese of Gallup filed for bankruptcy in 2013.

To date, more than a dozen Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States have filed bankruptcy to seek protection in sexual abuse lawsuits, a move that some advocates say has to do more with secrets than finances.

“It puts a complete stop to all civil litigation, and it’s through civil lawsuits that the truth is exposed about clergy who committed child sex crimes and clergy who are concealing child sex crimes,” said David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, to Fox News Latino.

“When there is enough scandal and enough victims coming forward, bishops go racing into bankruptcy court and shut down the whole disclosure process,” he said, “so those who enable the crimes, not those who committed them, are in fact still on the job.”

Realtor Hank Amos, who helped liquidate the assets of the now bankrupt Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, is now handling the Arizona auctions with Tucson Realty and Trust Company.

“The Diocese properties […] are absolute. So whatever they sell for, they sell for. And you get title right away,” said Amos.

With several in-demand properties on the auction block, victims could see a substantial payday. And while money doesn’t necessarily equal justice, advocates say it is a start to the healing process.

read more at foxnews.com/latino

related stories:

Southern Arizona Properties to be Auctioned

Amos Hired by Diocese of Gallup


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