ROCKVILLE CENTRE (NY)
Diocese of Rockville Centre
October 1, 2020
Letter from Bishop John O. Barres to the People of God of the Diocese of Rockville Centre
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Today, I have some important but difficult news to share with you. Earlier this morning, the Diocese of Rockville Centre has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This decision was not made lightly. However, in the year since the passage of the Child Victims Act, more than 200 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse have been filed against the Diocese of Rockville Centre. What became clear is that the Diocese could not continue to carry out its spiritual, charitable and educational missions while also having to shoulder the increasingly heavy burden of litigation expenses associated with these cases.
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