Harrisburg Diocese Files Plan to Pay Millions in Clergy Sex Abuse Claims

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg has filed a plan of reorganization with federal bankruptcy court.

Under the proposed plan, an $18.25 million Survivor Compensation Trust will be established to provide financial restitution to survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

The diocese and related entities will contribute $7.5 million to the trust, and insurers will provide $10.75 million.

A trust administrator – not the diocese – will determine exact payouts.

The diocese said it received about 54 timely filed proofs of claim from abuse survivors during the reorganization process.

Survivors and the court must approve the plan.

The Harrisburg Diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2020, saying its financial situation was made worse after the statewide grand jury investigation into sex abuse and the lawsuits that followed.

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