In my past as a priest and civil lawyer representing the Church, there were times I would need to be in the courtroom. Yesterday, I was back in federal court for the confirmation hearing on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Plan of Reorganization in its Chapter 11 proceeding.continue at ArchMil
After nearly five years of this legal proceeding, Judge Susan V. Kelley confirmed the archdiocese’s Plan of Reorganization and paved the way for the church to emerge from bankruptcy.
Although we worked very hard these past five years to get to this point, I feel little satisfaction in the outcome. In 2011, I wrote to you and said that the archdiocese wants to do as much as we can, as fairly as we can, to compensate abuse survivors. Yet, I know that no amount of money can ever restore what was taken from abuse survivors.
I told you that I want to ensure we could continue to carry on the essential ministries of the Church so we can meet the needs of our parishes, parishioners and others who rely upon the Church for assistance. At the same time, I see the cutbacks in personnel and ministries that have been made over the past 10 years and also realize we will emerge from Chapter 11 with more than $7 million of debt.