The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota on Thursday upheld a reorganization plan submitted jointly by the Diocese of Winona-Rochester and the Unsecured Creditors Committee, who represent survivors of sexual abuse.
The plan provides for a trust to compensate survivors of sexual abuse in the diocese. The trust will be funded with up to $ 22,056,000 (less certain bankruptcy fees) of diocesan assets, which include the disposition of specific diocesan assets and insurance settlements of $ 6,500,000, according to a press release. .
The plan also includes the implementation of improved non-monetary protocols for the protection of children which were first implemented by the diocese in 2002.
âI welcome today’s announcement. I want to express my sincere apologies to all who have been affected by sexual abuse in our diocese, âsaid Bishop John M. Quinn. “My prayers go out to all abuse survivors and I pledge to continue to be committed to ensuring that this terrible chapter in the history of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester never happens again.”
The Diocese of Winona-Rochester filed a voluntary claim for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code on November 30, 2018. Since then, the diocese has worked to reach an agreement with abuse survivors for a resolution of all sexual abuse claims against the diocese. and non-diocesan Catholic entities within the diocese.
The ordinance confirming the Diocese Chapter 11 reorganization plan is available on the Diocese’s website at https://www.dowr.org/reorganization/index.html.
This web page includes other information related to the reorganization, such as public statements, legal documents, a list of clergy credibly accused of child abuse, frequently asked questions, how to report abuse and complaints. resources for a safe environment.
âThis reorganization plan represents the culmination of several years of respectful negotiations between all parties concerned,â said Bishop Quinn. âIt is our responsibility to help survivors of sexual abuse with this financial settlement. In addition, we remain committed to the ongoing restorative justice process. Jesus Christ began his ministry by healing others, and the church is called to continue this ministry.