Diocese of Fresno to file for bankruptcy

(National Catholic Reporter. Osv News)

Bishop Joseph V. Brennan said in a May 28 open letter that the Diocese of Fresno would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization “to address the substantial number of claims brought forth by victims collectively.” The letter also said after a three-year window prompted by California state law “for individuals to bring forward otherwise barred or expired claims for sexual abuse suffered as a child,” the diocese was “informed of 154 cases filed against our Diocese.” “The reopening of the window has made every Diocese in California susceptible to more claims,” he said. “What we are facing gives us the opportunity to redouble our efforts in creating a safe environment for everyone in and out of the church and address real issues in atoning for the sin of clergy abuse against children.”

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