…from the NY Post….
The Diocese of Rockville Centre — one of the nation’s largest Catholic dioceses — has filed for bankruptcy as a result of more than 200 sexual abuse lawsuits.
Bishop John Barres made the announcement in a video Thursday, saying the diocese was filing for protection under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
“This decision was not made lightly,” Barres said. “However, in the year since the passage of the Child Victims Act, more than 200 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse have been filed against the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
“What became clear was that the Diocese was not going be able to continue to carry out its spiritual, charitable and educational missions if it were to continue to shoulder the increasingly heavy burden of litigation expenses associated with these cases.”
The bishop said that for now, parishes and schools would not be affected because they are separate legal entities.
“The good work of our parishes and schools are expected to continue as normal,” Barres said. “But it is also the case that after chapter 11, the diocese will have fewer financial resources to help struggling schools and parishes.”
In June, the diocese — which serves more than 1.4 million Catholics in Nassau and Suffolk counties — hinted that filing for bankruptcy was a possibility. It had doled out $3.7 million in defending itself against 94 lawsuits….