N.Y. diocese files for bankruptcy due to wave of sex abuse lawsuits


October 1, 2020

By Don Jacobson

A Catholic diocese in suburban New York City on Thursday became the largest in the United States ever to file for bankruptcy to shield itself from lawsuits that make accusations of clergy sexual abuse.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre said it filed for Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

“The filing is necessary to manage litigation expenses, address disputes with the diocese’s insurers and facilitate settlements with abuse survivors who brought lawsuits under the Child Victims Act,” church officials said in a statement.

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