- Jan 22, 2020
A bankruptcy judge denied both the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’s reorganization plan and a competing plan submitted by a creditors’ committee before ordering all sides back into negotiations.
“On behalf of the entire Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, I express my profound sorrow and sincere apologies to anyone who was abused by a priest, a sister or a lay church worker,” Bishop Michael Warfel said in a statement. “No child should experience harm from anyone who serves the church.”
After a total of 101 lawsuits concerning sex abuse claims dating back to the 1950s, the Diocese of New Ulm has filed for bankruptcy and plans a reorganization. The suits were filed under a Minnesota law that temporarily lifted the statute of limitations for cases of sexual abuse of children.
“What’s happening in today’s world that, when a bank goes bankrupt, immediately scandalous sums appear to save it, but when there’s a ‘bankruptcy of humanity,’ there isn’t one-one thousandth of the same amount to save these brothers who suffer so much?” Pope Francis asked on Saturday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It’s been nearly three years since Minnesota opened a path for lawsuits by victims of long-ago childhood sexual abuse. In that time, more than 800 people have brought abuse claims against churches, the Boy Scouts, schools and a children’s theater company. Previously unknown offenders have been exposed.
ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Diocese of Winona anticipates it will file for bankruptcy as a result of lawsuits filed by victims of clergy sex abuse. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that in a March 25 letter to the Vatican, Winona Bishop John Quinn says the diocese has received several claims of