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Bankrupt diocese begs for nationwide donations to cover attorney fees

August 19, 2009

The Diocese of Fairbanks, which filed for bankruptcy in 2008 amid 300 sexual-abuse lawsuits, is sending a special fundraising appeal to 55,000 Catholics nationwide. “The clock is always ticking on attorney fees,” said the chancellor of the north Alaskan diocese. “I know we have incurred more than $2 million in fees to date and part has been paid from a loan and proceeds from the sale of property.”

The Diocese of Fairbanks has 14,500 Catholics in 45 parishes. Nine diocesan priests and 12 religious priests currently minister there.

 


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