Tucson, Ariz., Apr 27, 2005 / 22:00 pm
The Diocese of Tucson has filed an amended bankruptcy plan that seeks to limit its payout for sex-abuse claims to $20 million, reported the Associated Press.
Faced with 103 sex-abuse claims, the diocese had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September. A hearing on the amendment is scheduled May 19.
In its filing, the diocese said of the 103 claims, 36 appeared to be invalid; nine were filed by parents of alleged victims; and 32 appeared plausible but require more information.
Diocesan spokespeople say the new plan filed Monday is the only way to ensure that plaintiffs are paid off fairly while preserving the diocese.