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Diocese of Duluth settles bankruptcy case involving alleged sexual abuse

Diocese of Duluth settles bankruptcy case involving alleged sexual abuse Photo: KSTP-TV

May 01, 2019 09:52 AM

The Diocese of Duluth has settled its bankruptcy case, which involved 125 people who were allegedly sexually abused as children by clergy and others in the diocese.

The diocese said Wednesday in a news release the plan will pay about $40 million to the 125 claimants. The diocese will also release files on 37 priests it has classified as credibly accused, and incorporate child protection protocols, the attorneys of the claimants said in a release.

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The plan anticipates contributions from the diocese itself and the 75 parishes in the diocese, as well as other Catholic entities, the diocese said. The majority of the settlement is expected to be funded by insurance carriers for the diocese.

The plan will be presented to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and is subject to its approval.

The Diocese of Duluth filed for bankruptcy on Dec. 7, 2015.

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