Diocese of Stockton Officially Decides to File for Bankruptcy

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After six months of consideration, the Diocese of Stockton says it will file for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday.

The Diocese says its financial woes came from settling sexual abuse cases.

“This has been a difficult decision. Nevertheless, I am convinced this step will allow us to achieve two essential goals,” Bishop Stephen Blaire said in a written statement. “First, it will provide a process to compensate as fairly as possible the victims of sexual abuse, including those who have not yet come forward or had their day in court.  At the same time, the process will provide a way for us to continue the ministry and support we provide to the parishes, the poor and the communities located within our Diocese.”

Blaire says the Diocese of Stockton will be the tenth Diocese in the country to file for bankruptcy.

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  • SNAPJudy

    "The Diocese says its financial woes came from settling sexual abuse cases."—

    Are the Stockton church officials blaming victims, who have been sexually abused within their diocese, for their financial woes? Typically those diocese which have declared bankruptcy is a technicality used to delay going to trial or delay victims from being compensated and therefore delaying the truth from being exposed. Victims of child sex abuse deserve to have their day in court.

    The thing that bishops fear most, is having to sit on that witness stand and dare to tell the truth, and to have their secret documents subpoenaed. They are still working hard to protect themselves rather than protecting innocent children.
    Let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by anyone in this diocese, please get help and find the courage to come forward and contact police or at least speak to someone you can trust. Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, snapjudy@gmail.com
    SNAP "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests"

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