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New Ulm Diocese: Judge OKs $34M Sex Abuse Bankruptcy Settlement

A bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved a $34 million settlement between the Diocese of New Ulm in Minnesota and nearly 100 people who say they were sexually abused by priests and others.

Bishop John LeVoir apologized to sexual abuse survivors during the hearing, where U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel gave final approval to the settlement. Several survivors of clergy sexual abuse testified tearfully at the hearing, the Star Tribune reported.

“I apologize again on behalf of the church to all who have been harmed by clergy sexual abuse,” LeVoir said.

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