Camden’s Roman Catholic diocese declares bankruptcy, citing COVID-19 costs and priest abuse claims

Philadelphia Inquirer

October 2, 2020

by Jeremy Roebuck and Stephanie Farr

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden filed for bankruptcy Thursday, becoming the first in the state to seek protection from financial claims since Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law last year allowing victims of decades-old sexual abuse to new opportunities to sue.

Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan cited the more than $8 million the church has paid out so far to victims in settlements and judgments as well as a loss of revenue since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in a letter explaining the decision to South Jersey’s Catholic faithful.

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