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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 08:29 AM

Guam Catholic church to file bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

Source: Associated Press

Guam Catholic church to file bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

By CALEB JONES and GRACE GARCES BORDALLO
an hour ago

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam’s Catholic church will file for bankruptcy — a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by priests and move toward settlements.

Archbishop Michael Byrnes announced Wednesday that mediation efforts that began in September led the church to bankruptcy.

“This path will bring the greatest measure of justice to the greatest number of victims,” Byrnes said. “That’s the heart of what we’re doing.”

Byrnes said the bankruptcy will provide “finality for victim survivors that they’ve been heard and understood.”

Attorney Leander James, who is working with alleged victims in Guam, said in a statement the move will help resolve current lawsuits from more than 180 claims of abuse through settlements.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/717d8e867f5347ab9a4590c91f665dfb

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