Judge OKs $210M deal to pay Twin Cities clergy sex abuse victims

MPR News

September 25, 2018

By Martin Moylan

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kressel said Tuesday he will confirm a bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, bringing to a close a years-long process triggered by hundreds of allegations of clergy sexual abuse.

In a courtroom at the federal court in Minneapolis, Kressel told about 100 attorneys and abuse victims and their friends and families that he hopes everyone can learn from the process, especially in regard to protecting children.

After the hearing, victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson said the plan is an affirmation of the power, will and diligence of abuse victims who wanted justice for themselves and safeguards to prevent the future abuse of children.

“It was the survivors that began to say, ‘No more.’ And it was the survivors that insisted that they come clean with all the files, all the offenders, all their identities, all their secrets,” he said.

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