Diocese of Stockton Considers Bankruptcy after Sex Abuse Lawsuit Settlements

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The Catholic Diocese of Stockton said Friday that it may file for bankruptcy after sexual abuse lawsuit settlements have “depleted” their funds.

“I feel, however, that it is important to tell you that options other than filing for bankruptcy protection have not emerged,” Bishop Stephen Blaire said in a written statement. “It appears likely to me that the Diocese will need to re-organize [sic] financially under the protection of Bankruptcy Court.”

No final decision has been made, however.

The Diocese serves 250,000 Catholics, it says. Bishop Blaire says he will keep everyone informed once a financial decision has been made.

Lonnie Wong will have a full report tonight on FOX40 News at 6.

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4 comments

  • SNAPJudy

    Bishop Stephen Blaire and the church officials of the Stockton diocese are using the same legal tactic which several other dioceses have used: To delay justice for victims, delay exposing the truth, keep themselves from sitting on that witness stand, and avoiding documents from being subpoenaed. In other words, the victims and the protection of children are the least of their concerns. This is not about money or the diocese being bankrupt, this is about protecting their images, their power, and their secrets of covering up child sex crimes.

    This is so sad, and victims do not deserve to be re-traumatized by the Stockton church officials and their lawyers. Sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
    "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

  • SNAPJudy

    Bishop Stephen Blaire and the church officials of the Stockton diocese are using the same legal tactic which several other dioceses have used: To delay justice for victims, delay exposing the truth, keep themselves from sitting on that witness stand, and avoiding documents from being subpoenaed. In other words, the victims and the protection of children are the least of their concerns. This is not about money or the diocese being bankrupt, this is about protecting their images, their power, and their secrets of covering up child sex crimes.

  • SNAPJudy

    Bishop Stephen Blaire and the church officials of the Stockton diocese are using the same legal tactic which several other dioceses have used: To delay justice for victims, delay exposing the truth, keep themselves from sitting on that witness stand, and avoiding documents from being subpoenaed. In other words, the victims and the protection of children are the least of their concerns. This is not about money or the diocese being bankrupt, this is about protecting their images, their power, and their secrets of covering up child sex crimes.

    This is so sad, and victims do not deserve to be re-traumatized by the Stockton church officials and their lawyers. Sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511.
    "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)