Diocese of Winona-Rochester elaborates on bankruptcy, moving forward

The Catholic Diocese of Winona-Rochester is talking about plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the end of November.

The diocese faces 121 claims of clergy sex abuse involving 14 priests accused of sexual misconduct with children. The alleged abuse took place from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Eleven of the priests served in Rochester parishes. All of the accused are either dead or have since been suspended from the ministry.

Congregations were notified of the bankruptcy plan on Sunday.

“It allows us to continue the operations of the diocese, to do the good things we are doing as a church,” says Bishop John Quinn. “But also then to take the assets that the church has and be able to work toward an equitable distribution of those assets and insurance premiums. So that the victims can be given an equitable settlement.”
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