Catholic Diocese of Winona-Rochester Bankruptcy
The Catholic Diocese of Winona-Rochester will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy within the next few weeks due to clergy sex abuse claims.
In total, more than 121 claims have been made against fourteen priests between the 1960s – 1980s.
The names have been disclosed by the Diocese. They are as follows:
- Thomas Adamson
- Sylvester Brown
- Joseph Cashman
- Louis Cook
- William Curtis
- John Feiten
- Richard Hatch
- Leo Koppala
- Jack Krough
- Michael Kuisle
- James Lennon
- Leland Smith
- Robert Taylor
The Diocese of Winona-Rochester ministers 117 parishes in southern Minnesota. Per the website Bishopaccountability.org, eighteen Catholic dioceses and religious orders have filed for bankruptcy protection because of sexual abuse.
The Diocese will file for Chapter 11 which will allow it to restructure its debts.
Minneapolis Bankruptcy Settlement
Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kressel approved a $210 million settlement against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The lawsuit was filed by victims of sexual abuse by the clergy.
The Archdiocese had filed for bankruptcy after the Minnesota Legislature increased the time for victims of sexual abuse from the clergy could seek damages with a law known as the Minnesota Child Victims Act.
So far, fifteen U.S. dioceses and archdioceses have filed for bankruptcy due to sexual abuse claims. This settlement is the largest settlement reached through bankruptcy process.
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