Hagatna, Guam, Nov 7, 2018 / 13:12 pm
The Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam has announced that it will file for bankruptcy, following mediation efforts in September regarding clerical abuse claims in the territory.
Archbishop Michael Byrnes said the bankruptcy declaration "will bring the greatest measure of justice to the greatest number of victims," allowing them to know "that they've been heard and understood," the Associated Press reported.
Leander James, an attorney working with alleged victims in the territory, welcomed the announcement, saying, "Bankruptcy provides the only realistic path to settlement of pending and future claims."
There are currently $115 million in lawsuits from over 180 abuse claims pending in Guam.