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Gallup diocese wins court approval for settlement with victims, could end bankruptcy

June 22, 2016

A federal bankruptcy court has approved a plan by the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico, to provide $25 million in compensation for victims of sexual abuse. 

“This is, monetarily, a good resolution for the abuse victims,” said Judge David Thuma. Victims had voted their support for the settlement, which also commits the diocese to posting the names of priests who have been credibly accused of abuse. 

The agreement should enable the Gallup diocese to emerge from bankruptcy, for which it filed in November 2013. There are now 15 American Catholic dioceses and archdioceses that have filed for bankruptcy in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal. 

 
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