The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco filed for chapter on Monday, saying a Chapter 11 submitting will facilitate a settlement of about 500 lawsuits accusing the church of enabling childhood sexual abuse by monks.
The submitting in U.S. chapter court docket in San Francisco will put the lawsuits on maintain and purchase time for settlement talks, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone stated in a press release.
“We imagine the chapter course of is one of the simplest ways to supply a compassionate and equitable answer for survivors of abuse whereas guaranteeing that we proceed the very important ministries to the devoted and to the communities that depend on our providers and charity,” Cordileone stated.
The “overwhelming majority” of the alleged abuse occurred within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, involving monks who’re deceased or not in ministry, Cordileone stated.
The present wave of lawsuits was filed after California handed a 2019 legislation permitting individuals to convey claims for childhood sexual abuse that in any other case would have been barred because of the expiration of the statute of limitations.
The dioceses of Oakland and Santa Barbara this yr additionally filed for chapter, every citing the influence of a whole lot of intercourse abuse lawsuits.