Diocese of Sacramento Officially Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Sacramento is the 33rd U.S. diocese to declare bankruptcy as a result of the sexual abuse scandal.

The Diocese of Sacramento announced on Monday that they had officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

It comes months after the diocese announced its intentions to file for bankruptcy in the wake of more than 250 lawsuits claiming sexual abuse by clergy and other staff.

In a statement, Bishop of Sacramento Jaime Soto said the filing was the “best” way the diocese could compensate victims.

“There are many victim-survivors who have long suffered from the reprehensible sins committed against them,” Bishop Soto said. “This reorganization process will allow me to respond to them as equitably as possible.”

When the diocese announced its intention to file for bankruptcy protection back in December 2023, a victims’ group criticized the move.

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