May 29, 2005

Catholic Diocese of Tucson files revised bankruptcy documents


Three brothers in Yuma who say they were repeatedly raped by a priest will each receive at least $600,000 under terms outlined in revised bankruptcy documents filed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson.

The brothers and other victims of clergy sexual abuse who have claims against the diocese could be paid from a total pot of more than $20 million, according to the revised bankruptcy reorganization plan. The amended statement and Chapter 11 plan were filed late Thursday in federal court.

Exactly how many plaintiffs will be dividing the money remains unclear. The Bankruptcy Court has logged 103 claims against the diocese, but they must be approved by the court as valid before claimants are eligible to receive any settlement money. A committee of tort claimants filed a motion Friday disputing 74 of the claims.

Posted by kshaw at May 29, 2005 09:08 AM