Wilmington Diocese Declares Bankruptcy Ahead of Sex Abuse Trials
|(Francis Malooly, bishop of Wilmington, flanked by attorneys at a press conference on Monday.)|
by KYW's Steve Tawa
The Diocese of Wilmington, Del. announced on Monday that it is filing for bankruptcy, one day before a sex abuse trial against it was set to begin.
Bishop Francis Malooly (above), who leads about 230,000 Roman Catholics in Delaware and the eastern shore area of Maryland, says the Chapter 11 filing offers the best opportunity, given limited resources, to provide the fairest treatment for all victims of sexual abuse by priests of his diocese.
The filing, which freezes all lawsuits under an automatic stay, came just hours before the first of several high-profile sexual abuse trials against clergy members.
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