Wilm Diocese Files Bankruptcy Plan; Victims Blast Plan

By Amy Cherry
September 23, 2010

[with audio]

Attorneys for victims of priest sex abuse are blasting the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington's reorganization plan.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports. Audio Here

The plan filed late Wednesday proposes that victims of the diocese's pedophile priests receive only $75,000 each. Victims of abuse by religious order priests would receive $25,000, unless survivors choose to sue the Dicoese's insurance carriers.

The plan also proposes that pension claims for retired priests be paid in full.

Bishop Francis Malooly says the plan will provide fair compensation to survivors of sexual abuse, while providing security for beneficiaries of the diocese's pension plans and compensation for financial and trade creditors.

Victims' attorney Tom Neuberger describes the plan as a vindictive and malicious effort to prolong the suffering of victims of priest sex abuse.

The Neuberger firm will hold a press conference Thursday afternoon. WDEL's Amy Cherry will be there.


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