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New Orleans Archdiocese Files for Bankruptcy, Citing Expensive Sex Abuse Cases

May 4, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

I don’t even know if this qualifies as news anymore, but the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced on Friday that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in large part due to all the sexual abuse of children:

The move was necessitated by the growing financial strain caused by litigation stemming from decades-old incidents of clergy abuse as well as ongoing budget challenges. The unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have added more financial hardships to an already difficult situation.

Even that statement seems a bit dismissive. It’s the litigation, not our actions. The child rape was decades-old, not recent. They’re giving off the impression that they’re victims in all of this, not the kids who were forever traumatized because of what the priests did to them.

If it matters, the move affects the administrative side of things, not the Catholic Church in practice.

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