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Milwaukee archdiocese to file bankruptcy

Church abuse graphic.
Church abuse graphic.

MILWAUKEE (WSAU) The Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese said today it would file for Chapter-11 bankruptcy. The church is being sued for millions by those who say they’ve been molested by priests – and the archdiocese says those lawsuits have left it with claims that exceed its means.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki says there are two reasons the church is seeking bankruptcy protection – to compensate victims and their survivors, and to let the church continue its mission.

The Milwaukee Archdiocese serves Catholics in 10 counties in southeast Wisconsin. The church is accused of fraud in more than a dozen pending lawsuits – for allegedly moving pedophile priests to other parishes without saying anything about their behavior.