ROCKVILLE CENTRE (NY)
October 1, 2020
By Alex Costello
The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for bankruptcy because of the more than 200 lawsuits it is facing from sexual abuse survivors.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre announced Thursday it will file for bankruptcy because of the vast number of lawsuits it is facing from sexual abuse survivors. The diocese said the filing should not affect parishes or Catholic schools.
According to Bishop John Barres, the diocese is facing more than 200 lawsuits under the Child Victims Act — a law that allowed sexual abuse survivors to file suit against their abusers if the statute of limitations had passed. Disputes with the diocese’s insurers also led to the bankruptcy decision, Barres said.
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