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US court rules bankrupt diocese can continue paying accused priests

December 20, 2012

A federal judge in Delaware has ruled that the Wilmington diocese can continue payments to priests who have been removed from ministry because of sex-abuse allegations, despite a bankruptcy-court agreement ending those payments.

Judge Sue Robinson upheld an appeal by one of the suspended priests, Kenneth Martin, who argued that his agreement with the diocese, promising continued payments, took precedence over the bankruptcy agreement.


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