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By Emily Foster
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is filing for bankruptcy protection amid lawsuits claiming clergy members abused 362 children over decades.
Diocese spokesman Dan Bartleson said in a statement Friday the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization case will help resolve the abuse claims.
The diocese covers western Montana and employs about 200 people.
The two lawsuits filed in 2011 claim clergy members abused the children from the 1930s to the 1970s.
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