MILWAUKEE — Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, sexual abuse victims, and others owed money in the church bankruptcy case are due back in court Friday after mediation failed to yield a deal.
The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2011, saying it wouldn’t have the money to pay if it lost lawsuits filed by victims of clergy sexual abuse. Hundreds of victims then filed bankruptcy claims.
The archdiocese has proposed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that would set aside $4 million for roughly 130 people who were abused by priests who worked directly for the archdiocese, but nothing for hundreds of others abused by religious order priests or laypeople. Victims say that’s not enough.
Attorneys for all parties met with a mediator last month in Minneapolis but couldn’t resolve their differences.