The archbishop told the Clarion Herald that the Chapter 11 process ultimately was considered because of the large of unresolved sex abuse cases — dating back decades — might make it financially impossible for the archdiocese to handle all claims equitably. Jump to .
Learn more here. the Conversation Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. He said the of cases increased ificantly after the archdiocese released in November a list of priests who served over many decades and were removed from ministry for an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. We want to make sure we have the resources to continue our ministry. Aymond of New Orleans said the "difficult decision" to file for financial reorganization would allow the archdiocese to ensure that sex abuse victims have their claims resolved in "a fair and timely manner.
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The Archdiocese of New Orleans is the 23rd U. Three other religious institutes also have filed for Chapter 11 since We want to continue our ministry, not just at the parish level or the school level or the agency level. Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor.
He stressed that the filing affects only the archdiocese's administrative offices, not individual parishes, schools or other ministries that are separately incorporated. When asked how many cases there are, the archbishop said he Orleans not to give a specific. That was not the main focus. In a separate letter to Catholics of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Aymond said filing for Chapter 11 reorganization "will allow us to address remaining clergy abuse claims, all of which stem from allegations dating back several decades ago, in a way that will allow funds to go directly to victims.
Regarding the sources of money that the archdiocese will need to pay the outstanding sex ncr claims, Aymond said he could not give a definitive answer. In acknowledging the bankruptcy court now controls the process, the archbishop said he hoped the reorganization would be completed "as soon as possible" without any interruption in dating.
now. The archdiocese established a website — www. The dioceses who have gone through this process have bounced back. Asked about the reaction he has received so far from Catholics about the Chapter 11 filing, the archbishop said many have been "very understanding of why we did it.
We have not had a substantiated accusation of sexual abuse of a minor in almost two decades. In his letter to archdiocesan Catholics, the archbishop also emphasized that "parish funds are separate from archdiocesan s, and the pastor decides how those are used for parish ministry.
He acknowledged that the reorganization would bring with it an assessment of how the archdiocese is doing its ministry. Aug 20, Protests against language school show Dating Ireland's post-Brexit divisions Aug 20, Freedom for the emerging future Aug 20, Your thoughts on the Napa Institute summer conference Aug 20, Wherever you go Aug 19, In Afghanistan, we made the same mistakes as in Vietnam Aug 19, Quick Re Berlin archbishop to name minister for gays, calls sidelining 'painful' Aug 10, Las Cruces lawmaker says politics led to denial of Orleans Jul 20, Abuse allegation against retired Buffalo auxiliary under investigation Jul 14, Pope Francis goes to Rome hospital for intestinal surgery Jul 4, Vatican probes alleged abuse negligence by Polish cardinal Jun 26, The archbishop pledged that the archdiocese would continue to pay its bills "responsibly" and said "individual parishes, their schools, schools run by the various religious orders or ncr of the church" would not be affected.
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This story has been updated with new information on May 4,at 3. He also said he believed the process would allow the archdiocese "to renew our commitment to the faithful and the New Orleans community by restructuring our financials, increasing our transparency and creating a path forward" in serving its "core mission: bringing Christ to others. The archdiocese is expected to tap into insurance, investments, sell "property that we don't need and don't use" and sell oil and gas royalties that it owns.
The of lawsuits kept increasing. People come in with broken hearts, with anger at the person who did it, sometimes anger at God and at the church, and it's very painful.
We would not have been able to afford the legal fees, much less the compensation for the victim. He said no parish funds — such as money received through the collection basket — would be used to resolve claims.
We did it so that we could reach out to victims and survivors equally and fairly and to hopefully offer them some healing, but also compensation," Aymond said. When asked how personally painful it was to listen to victims' stories in their private meetings with him, the archbishop said it was "impossible" for him to put himself in their place.
Aymond said he first considered the prospect of filing for Chapter 11 "when the of cases kept increasing and many of them were not requesting mediation. We do not intend to drop any ministries. We have to find a way to utilize our staff to the fullest ability. Are we using the gifts of people effectively and efficiently?
The archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 reorganization May 1. Quick Re. Aymond celebrates an Easter Mass which was livestreamed from St. Louis Cathedral St. Louis Cathedral April 12,during the coronavirus pandemic.
All of these happened 30, 40, 50 years ago. New Orleans — Citing mounting concerns over the financial impact of clergy sex abuse settlements and the coronavirus pandemic, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for Chapter 11 reorganization of the finances of its administrative offices May 1 in U. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.