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  1. Norteño says:

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – Victims of clergy sexual abuse will have until June 17 to submit a proof of claim as part of the ongoing bankruptcy case filed by New Mexico’s largest Catholic diocese. The archdiocese dropped a bombshell in November, announcing it would seek bankruptcy protection after spending more than $50 million over the years to settle hundreds of lawsuits alleging child sex abuse by clergy members.
    Archbishop John Wester said at the time that he had been contemplating the action for years but that the archdiocese had reached a tipping point and he wanted to ensure there would be resources to provide compensation for victims. He has described the bankruptcy filing as an equitable thing to do as church reserves dwindle.
    National watchdog groups and attorneys for victims have suggested otherwise. They have pointed to the money spent by the archdiocese on lawyers ahead of the bankruptcy filing and the tens of millions of dollars in real estate that was transferred to parishes in recent years, effectively reducing the assets held by the archdiocese.

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