February 03, 2005

Second creditors' committee formed



By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS / Associated Press

A second committee of creditors has been formed in the bankruptcy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, to satisfy complaints that the first group did not include enough victims of sexual abuse.

The new committee contains five men who have filed lawsuits against the diocese contending they were abused by priests.

The original committee now contains just three members, representing sexual abuse victims who so far have declined to sue the diocese. Two other members of the original committee have moved over to the new committee.

The Office of the U.S. Trustee made the changes on Wednesday.

"The trustee advised diocesan attorneys that the second committee had been formed because the makeup of the original, single committee left some individuals feeling disenfranchised from the process," the diocese said in a news release.

Posted by kshaw at February 3, 2005 06:13 PM