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Bankruptcy Protection in the Abuse Crisis
So far, 18 U.S. Catholic dioceses and religious orders have filed for bankruptcy protection during the ongoing sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic church: 15 dioceses and 3 religious orders. the Oregon Province of the Jesuits and the Congregation of the Christian Brothers, and most recently the Crosier Fathers and Brothers. On this page we assemble basic information and documents on each of these bankruptcy filings, as well as general information on the process and the issues involved.
On August 4, 2015, after a protracted and contentious process, a proposed settlement in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee was announced totaling $21 million and compensating 330 of the original 579 claimants.
The Crosier Fathers and Brothers filed on June 1, 2017, the most recent filing.
Dioceses and Religious Orders
That Have Filed for Bankruptcy Protection
on the Process and the Issues
Dioceses and Religious Orders That Have Filed for Bankruptcy Protection
Archdiocese of Portland OR (filed 7/6/04)