Erik over Koinonia points out rightly, that everybody has an opinion and a judgment about the recent Augsborg-Fortress Pension mess., but nobody knows the whole story. That is the problem. We don't know the whole story. There's a lot of unanswered questions. And it seems to me, some people would like to keep it that way. The lawyers are in charge. I got nothing against lawyers. But the church never looks good when lawyers speak for the church.
I don't doubt that the people who tried to clean up this mess of a disaster tried to do the best they could with what they had. I would like to believe the mess wasn't caused by maleficence - but I don't know. That's the problem. Maybe the "perfect storm" explanation is true. I don't know. I don't have enough information. Maybe this would have happened even if they had followed the federal laws that other non-church companies have to follow. I don't know. That's the problem.
This I know. The church should follow the same laws that protect its employees that other corporations must follow. The church should not use being a church as an excuse to screw it's employees. That is just wrong.