MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A Catholic religious order has filed for bankruptcy
protection following lawsuits alleging clergy sex abuse in Minnesota.

The Phoenix-based Crosier Fathers and Brothers filed for Chapter 11
reorganization Thursday. The order of priests and brothers has communities in
Onamia, Minnesota and Phoenix.

The Rev. Thomas Enneking, the order's religious superior in the U.S., says the
decision to file for reorganization was difficult but is ``the only way that all
claimants can be offered a fair and just resolution within the Crosiers' limited
financial resources.''

The order and the claimants agreed on the framework for a $25.5 million
compensation plan for sex abuse victims.

Attorney Mike Finnegan praised survivors for coming forward and the Crosiers
for ``doing the right thing.''

The Crosiers are the 18th Catholic diocese or order to file for bankruptcy
protection in the U.S.