The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is to file for bankruptcy.
Part of the story… read the rest there. My emphases.
Archdiocese filing for bankruptcy
The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which is facing more than a dozen lawsuits over its handling of clergy sex abuse cases, is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this afternoon, the archdiocese said Tuesday.
Archbishop Jerome Listecki said the move was necessary to fairly compensate victims and continue the “essential ministries” of the church, and urged the faithful not to blame the victims.
“For those of you who may feel anger and resentment that we have come to this moment, STOP,” Listecki said in a letter to church members on Tuesday. “We are here because of one reason: Priests sexually abused minors.”
Jeff Anderson, [You could smell that name ahead of time, I'm sure.] the Minnesota lawyer who represents victims in the Milwaukee cases, called the action sad and alarming, characterizing it as a ploy to delay the lawsuits and the disclosure of damning information in depositions of retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland and Richard Sklba. [Gifts which keep on giving.] Sklba’s deposition was initially scheduled for January and recently rescheduled for February.
“The bankruptcy essentially stops the cases from moving forward,” Anderson said. “In other cities it’s often been done on the eve of trial. In this case it’s on the eve of the deposition.”
How very sad.