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2nd Montana diocese files for bankruptcy

April 03, 2017

The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings Montana has become the 15th Catholic diocese in the US to file for bankruptcy in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal.

The diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection in the face of lawsuits filed by 72 people who charge that they were molested by priests and religious in the diocese. The only other diocese in the state of Montana, the Diocese of Helena, has already filed for bankruptcy.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Apr. 04, 2017 8:52 AM ET USA

    From a purely secular economic perspective: Wouldn't it be cheaper for the Church not to ordain sexual deviants to the priesthood?

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 04, 2017 12:46 AM ET USA

    If we cannot or will not discipline our own, then the friends of mammon will do it for us.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Apr. 03, 2017 10:08 PM ET USA

    Meanwhile, many of the bishops and cardinals whose folly, sin, and negligence gave us the clergy sex debacle are now comfortably retired—draining a little more of whatever's left of the laity's money.