Diocese Creditors Meeting Cancelled
By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
January 24, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE – The Diocese of Gallup’s Chapter 11 Unsecured Creditors Committee meeting that was scheduled for Thursday morning in U.S. Bankruptcy Court has been canceled.
Attorney James I. Stang, the committee’s newly selected legal counsel, said he and the committee members did not feel further testimony was needed. Bishop James S. Wall and Christopher G. Linscott, the diocese’s financial consultant, had testified about the Gallup Diocese’s finances in December. That first creditors committee meeting was scheduled to reconvene Thursday.
The committee is made up of seven clergy sex abuse survivors, five men and two women, from across the diocese. Stang said they received a report about Wall and Linscott’s testimony from attorneys Robert E. Pastor, of Phoenix, and Richard T. Fass, of Houston, who represent more than 30 abuse survivors who are claimants in the bankruptcy case, as well as a report from Stang.
“We just felt from a utility standpoint we had gotten what we needed,” Stang said of the testimony.
He said the committee will begin obtaining more information about the Gallup Diocese’s finances through requests for specific documents.
Stang said he expected the next major development in the Chapter 11 case will be the filing of a motion to set a claim deadline. Anyone who has a possible claim against the Diocese of Gallup will be required to file their claim by that date.