ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Monday marks the deadline for filing sexual abuse claims as New Mexico’s largest Roman Catholic diocese wades through bankruptcy proceedings.
Lawyers for the hundreds of people who will be submitting forms are hopeful the proceedings will shed more light on the decades-old scandal that shaken the church.
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe filed for bankruptcy in 2018, with Archbishop John Wester saying it was the equitable thing to do as church reserves dwindled. The archdiocese has said $52 million in insurance money and its own funds have gone to settling 300 claims over the years.
Officials expect to make public this week the total number of claims filed as part of the bankruptcy case.
Wester on Friday issued a request for prayers, acknowledging the need for emotional and spiritual healing.