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Class action filed against United States Conference of Catholic Bishops seeking accountability for deceptive solicitation and misuse of charitable donations
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By Marc R. Stanley, Stanley Law Group , January 22, 2020 (Published by The Remnant)
Stanley Law Group (Dallas, TX) filed a class action lawsuit today in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island against United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for misleadingly soliciting millions of dollars in charitable donations that were diverted into private investments.
The lawsuit alleges that USCCB routinely asks Catholics throughout the country to donate money to the annual Peter’s Pence collection to “help victims of war, oppression, natural disaster, or disease,” but the money actually goes into funds which invest in such ventures as luxury condominium developments and Hollywood movies. Plaintiff David O’Connell claims USCCB is liable under theories of common law fraud, unjust enrichment, and breach of fiduciary duty.
USCCB is composed of all active and retired members of the Catholic hierarchy in the United States. It promotes, oversees, and administers coordinated charitable donation efforts throughout the country, including the Peter’s Pence collection. ….