Majority of Camden diocese abuse claims left unprocessed amid bankruptcy filing

Catholic News Agency

October 5, 2020

The Diocese of Camden filed for bankruptcy last week, leaving abuse settlements unpaid for about two-thirds of the alleged victims who have come forward, according to court documents.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Camden’s bankruptcy declaration leaves 141 alleged victims unpaid; about two-thirds of all those who have come forward to the diocese seeking compensation. The diocese had to date paid out settlements to 71 victims.

Bishop Dennis Sullivan of Camden announced the bankruptcy decision Oct. 2, making Camden the first New Jersey diocese to file for Chapter 11.

Around the country, nearly two dozen dioceses have declared bankruptcy since 2004, including the Diocese of Rockville Centre hours before Camden.

Following Camden’s bankruptcy declaration, the remaining alleged victims – along with all of the dioceses creditors – will have a limited pot of money to draw from, and settlements will be determined by a bankruptcy court.

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