Sacramento Diocese files for bankruptcy in wake of more than 250 abuse allegations

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Following more than 250 lawsuits alleging abuse against the Diocese of Sacramento, Bishop Jaime Soto announced on Monday that the diocese will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

California’s Child Victims Act, signed in 2019 and enacted at the beginning of 2021, extended the statute of limitations on clergy sexual abuse. Since then, survivors of abuse have brought forward more than 250 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors by clergy and other employees going back to the 1950s.

“There are many victim-survivors who have long suffered from the reprehensible sins committed against them,” Soto said in an April 1 statement. “This reorganization process will allow me to respond to them as equitably as possible.”

Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy will enable a court to oversee the distribution of the diocese’s available assets to satisfy the claims, the diocese, which has more than 100 parishes serving more than 1 million Catholics, noted in its statement.

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