GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Diocese of Gallup says it will petition for Chapter 11 reorganization in federal bankruptcy court because of mounting clergy sex abuse legal claims.
The Gallup Independent reported that Bishop James Wall made the announcement in a letter that was read in parishes during Mass over the Labor Day weekend.
The diocese includes parishes in six counties in New Mexico, three counties in Arizona and seven American Indian reservations.
The Gallup Diocese will become the ninth U.S. Roman Catholic diocese or archdiocese to seek bankruptcy protection since the clergy abuse scandal erupted in 2002. Two Catholic religious orders have also done so.
The other diocese or archdiocese to file for Chapter 11 are in Milwaukee; San Diego, Davenport, Iowa; Fairbanks, Alaska; Portland, Ore.; Spokane, Wash.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Wilmington, Del.
Information from: Gallup Independent, http://www.gallupindependent.com
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