That simile was Archbishop Jerome Listecki's depiction of the financial straits an ongoing bankruptcy case creates for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Without delving into specifics, Listecki told a Milwaukee Press Club panel Wednesday that member contributions to individual parishes remain strong overall, and that last year's annual fundraising appeal exceeded goals. But for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, "Yes, it does impact upon us. There is no doubt about it," Listecki said.
"There’s vision that you’d like to establish, but you have to basically hold off," he said. "You basically don’t know what an end-point of the bankruptcy will be. And because that’s realistic ... you have to understand that you can’t make commitments to things that you won’t be able to fulfill."