Catholic diocese files for bankruptcy, cites priest abuse lawsuits, coronavirus pandemic


October 1, 2020

By Chris Sheldon

The Catholic Diocese of Camden announced that it’s filed for bankruptcy due to rising costs of clergy abuse lawsuit payouts and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The effects of the pandemic, which have curtailed our revenue and deeply impacted our parishioners and neighbors, were further compounded by the over $8 million we have paid out this year through the New Jersey Independent Victims Compensation Program to victims of clergy abuse, money which we have had to borrow,” Bishop Dennis Sullivan said in a message to diocese community.

“If it were just the pandemic, or just the costs of the Victims Compensation Program, we could likely weather the financial impact; however, the combination of these factors has made that impracticable,” he wrote.

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