The Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud has announced they have plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. There have been eighth Catholic diocese outside Minnesota that have filed for bankruptcy . ( Tucson, Arizona; Portland, Oregon; Spokane, Washington; Fairbanks, Alaska; Wilmington, Delaware; San Diego; and Davenport, Iowa.) Inside the state there have been 3 others (Minneapolis/St Paul, Duluth, and New Ulm) The actions were taken a short time after the arrest of Father Oelrich and additions to their list of credible accused. Their press release seems to blame the Child Victims Act as the reason.
They would have to answer tough questions in those cases. Unfortunately with the federal protection those in the know are being able to hide. They talk of being open, but they use the shield to not answer questions.
Interesting how these abuse cases have a defendant that is either claiming immunity from the law for religious purposes or protection from the law as a regular corporation. They are bankrupt alright.
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