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Milwaukee archdiocese, in bankruptcy, seeks permission to suspend payments

January 25, 2013

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has asked a bankruptcy court for permission to suspend payments to attorneys and consultants, saying that the archdiocese no longer has sufficient funds to continue operating.

The Milwaukee archdiocese, which sought bankruptcy protection because of sex-abuse claims, told the court that relief from pressing financial obligations is essential to the reorganization that the bankruptcy is designed to provide.

Under the plan submitted by the archdiocese, payments would continue to lawyers working on the bankruptcy plan, and to lawyers challenging sex-abuse claims. An attorney for creditors of the archdiocese protested the proposal, charging that the archdiocese is suffering a cash shortage because of the mounting legal fees involved in its aggressive efforts to limit sex-abuse claims.


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  • Posted by: koinonia - Jan. 26, 2013 8:13 AM ET USA

    Ouch. The faithful in Milwaukee have much to endure, and they should enjoy the prayers of their brothers and sisters in Baptism for fortitude in these troubling days. Pray for all priests and bishops who are called to cooperate with Christ's charity for souls in holiness, selflessness, service and truth.