Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy: Sexual-Abuse Lawsuits Leading To Chapter 11

MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Tuesday it would file for bankruptcy protection because pending sexual-abuse lawsuits could leave it with debts it couldn’t afford. A lawyer who filed many of those lawsuits, however, said …

MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Tuesday it would file for bankruptcy protection because pending sexual-abuse lawsuits could leave it with debts it couldn’t afford. A lawyer who filed many of those lawsuits, however, said he thought the archdiocese was using bankruptcy as a delay tactic to avoid opening its records to public scrutiny.

Clergy sex abuse has already cost the Milwaukee archdiocese $29 million to address almost 200 claims over the past 20 years, Archbishop Jerome Listecki said. Bankruptcy protection will allow the church to continue its work while ensuring other victims receive the compensation they deserve, he said.

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