Motion filed for retired bishop Matthew Clark to testify in bankruptcy court

January 28, 2020

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A request for retired Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark to testify in the Diocese of Rochester’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case was filed on Tuesday.

The diocese declared bankruptcy in September amidst a series of lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act.

The motion filed on Tuesday argues that since one of Bishop Clark’s duties was assigning clergy to their posts, he was responsible for assigning them to positions where they would have access to children.

It also argues that many plaintiffs have alleged they were abused during Bishop Clark’s tenure, 1979 to 2012.

The Committee of Unsecured Creditors’ says based on its review of the complaints against the diocese, it must be allowed to examine the Bishop Emeritus about the extent of his knowledge of the abuse during his tenure.

The motion also argues that because of the Bishop Emeritus’s declining health, a deposition under Bankruptcy Rule 2004 is the most efficient way to obtain his testimony.



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