Fresno Becomes 34th U.S. Diocese to File for Bankruptcy Amid Sex Abuse Claims

The Diocese of Fresno, California, will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid more than 150 child abuse claims filed against it, Bishop Joseph Brennan said this week.

The diocese “​​will file a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the United States Bankruptcy Court in 2024,” Bishop Brennan said in a Tuesday announcement on the diocesan website.

See U.S. Diocese Bankruptcy Map

“I expect to file that petition in August,” the prelate said.

Bishop Brennan said the bankruptcy filing comes after plaintiffs lodged 154 sex abuse complaints against the diocese. Those filings were made under a California law that temporarily relaxed the statute of limitations on sex abuse claims, allowing alleged victims a three-year window from 2019 to 2022 to file the complaints.

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