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Catholic Diocese Files Chapter 11

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Diego on Feb. 27 that stayed a civil trial that was to begin Feb. 28.

The church was sued by alleged victims of sexual abuse by several priests employed by the diocese.

In its filing, the diocese listed assets of more than $100 million and liabilities of more than $100 million.

Bishop Robert H. Brom, in a statement posted on the diocese’s Web site, said demands by the alleged victims’ lawyers “could so deplete diocesan and insurance resources that there would be nothing left for other victims.”

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As a result, the bishop and advisers concluded the best way to compensate all alleged victims fairly was by filing for Chapter 11 reorganization.

The process will entail presenting a complete accounting of the diocese’s assets and a plan for compensating alleged victims, Brom said.

“Our participation in this process will demonstrate that this is not a ‘cop out’ but a sincere effort to face up to our responsibility,” Brom said.

, Mike Allen

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