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Bishop Jaime Soto.

Diocese of Sacramento to file for bankruptcy amid over 250 clergy abuse lawsuits

Dec 11, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, California, announced on Saturday that the diocese will file for bankruptcy amid a... Read more

St. Agnes Cathedral, Diocese of Rockville Centre

New York diocese offers $200 million to abuse victims in largest-ever settlement offer

Nov 30, 2023

By Tina Dennelly

The plan includes an immediate cash payout of a minimum of $100,000 to claimants with a lawsuit and a $50,000... Read more

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New Orleans Archdiocese says parishes will be asked to help pay for clergy abuse settlements

Sep 11, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Archbishop Gregory Aymond announced that parishes, schools, and ministries will have to help pay out the archdiocese’s clergy abuse claims. Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone meets with people experiencing homelessness at St. Anthony’s Dining Hall in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on Nov. 6, 2021.

San Francisco Archdiocese announces Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing

Aug 22, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone earlier in August had warned that the filing was “very likely” in response to “more than 500... Read more

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco.

Archbishop Cordileone: Chapter 11 bankruptcy for San Francisco ‘very likely’

Aug 5, 2023

By Daniel Payne

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone on Friday revealed that it was “very likely” that the archdiocese would be filing for... Read more

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UPDATED: Which U.S. dioceses have declared bankruptcy? Here’s a map

Jul 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

More than two dozen U.S. dioceses, including two in U.S. overseas territories, have entered into bankruptcy proceedings, the vast majority... Read more

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Another New York diocese files for bankruptcy 

Jul 18, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg said the decision to file for bankruptcy follows almost 140 sexual abuse lawsuits... Read more

Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California

Oakland Diocese files for bankruptcy following sexual abuse lawsuits

May 15, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The Diocese of Oakland has filed for bankruptcy protection amid hundreds of accusations of clergy sexual abuse, Bishop Michael Barber... Read more

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Oakland Diocese considers filing for bankruptcy with 330 abuse lawsuits pending

Mar 21, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The bishop told the faithful he is giving “strong consideration” to filing for bankruptcy in order to respond to hundreds... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY.

Facing hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits, Albany Diocese to declare bankruptcy

Mar 16, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The diocese has been named in more than 400 lawsuits filed from August 2019 to August 2021 under the Child... Read more

Cathedral of St. Eugene in Santa Rosa, CA.

Citing abuse lawsuits, California’s smallest diocese files for bankruptcy

Mar 14, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa in northern California said on Monday that it will file for bankruptcy due to... Read more

New Orleans' Jackson Square.

New Orleans archdiocese to pay $1m settlement for 'fraudulent' Hurricane Katrina claims

Nov 15, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Archdiocese of New Orleans will pay more than $1 million in a settlement related to allegations of fraud in... Read more

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, New York

Rochester diocese says it has acted in ‘good faith’ in mediation with abuse survivors

Jun 11, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The Diocese of Rochester on Thursday said it has been acting in “good faith,” in response to claims by clergy... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Santa Fe archdiocese continues to list hundreds of unused pieces of land for sale

May 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is continuing to list for sale many unused parcels of church property in an effort... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Santa Fe archdiocese to sell over 700 properties amid mounting abuse settlements

Apr 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe intends to sell over 700 properties by year’s end to help pay for settlements to... Read more

St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, New York. Credit: Nassau Crew via Wikimedia (CC0 1.0)

Under financial pressure, Rockville Centre diocese sells pastoral center, closes several schools

Apr 15, 2021

In the wake of bankruptcy filings, the Diocese of Rockville Centre in March announced the sale of its $5.2 million... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Bankruptcy judge rules Buffalo diocese will not pay for retired bishops’ lawyers

Mar 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

A bankruptcy judge ruled this month that the Diocese of Buffalo has “no obligation” to retain a law firm on... Read more

Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan.

New Jersey diocese declares bankruptcy

Oct 2, 2020

The Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, announced on Thursday that it is filing for bankruptcy, the second Catholic diocese to... Read more

Rows of pews in a church building.

Rockville Centre is fourth NY diocese to file for bankruptcy

Oct 1, 2020

The Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, announced it was filing for bankruptcy early Thursday morning, becoming the fourth of... Read more

Cathedral of St. Mary in the Diocese of St. Cloud.

St. Cloud diocese reaches settlement on abuse claims, will file for bankruptcy

May 28, 2020

The Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota will pay $22.5 million into a trust for sexual abuse survivors, under a plan... Read more