Catholic Bishops Begin Meeting Burdened by Abuse Costs

Associated Press, carried in KESQ [Washington DC]
November 14, 2004

WASHINGTON The nation's Roman Catholic bishops begin their fall meeting tomorrow in Washington during anxious times for the church.

Church leaders have cleared many hurdles in the sex abuse crisis, which erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston in January 2002.

But many dioceses are reeling under the financial impact of (m) multimillion-dollar lawsuits. Dioceses in Arizona and Oregon have declared bankruptcy -- and a diocese Spokane, Washington, says it will file at the end of the month.

The Spokane bankruptcy has drawn special attention because its leader is in line to become the next president of the bishops' conference.

The conference president serves as chief spokesman on the bishops' efforts to protect children and restore trust in church leadership.


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