Syracuse Catholic Diocese’s move shifts sex abuse claims against priests to bankruptcy court


June 19, 2020

By Marnie Eisenstadt

More than 100 alleged victims of priest sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse will no longer get their day in state court.

Instead, their cases will end up as part of the diocese’s bankruptcy case. The diocese filed for bankruptcy Friday after 38 more victims, including a grandmother, came forward with allegations of priest sex abuse under the Child Victims Act this week.

In bankruptcy court, those victims become “creditors” who have to prove they are owed something by the diocese.

Bishop Douglas Lucia said Friday he decided to file for bankruptcy to ensure that all of the victims could get something for the pain while also making sure that the diocese would not be destroyed by the onslaught of claims.

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