Santa Fe, N.M., May 28, 2021 / 15:17 pm
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is continuing to list for sale many unused parcels of church property in an effort to help pay for settlements to sexual abuse victims.
CNA reported in April that the archdiocese intends to sell over 700 properties by late July to help pay for settlements.
Of the many more properties to be sold by an auctioneering firm, most are small vacant lots, fields, or grazing land donated to the archdiocese by families. In August 2020, the archdiocese listed the vacant St. Francis Cathedral School in downtown Santa Fe for $3.6 million.
The archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late 2018. At the time, Archbishop John Wester said there were between 35-40 active sexual abuse claims against the archdiocese; today there are at least 400.