Some Parishes Hire Lawyers After Archdiocese Bankruptcy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Some Twin Cities-area parishes are fearful about their financial futures after the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy.
While Archbishop John Nienstedt said Friday that parishes would not be affected by the filing for Chapter 11 reorganization, dozens of parishes are taking steps to protect themselves.
Reports say 50 parishes have hired White Bear Lake bankruptcy attorney Mary Jo Jensen-Carter.
Others have hired their own attorneys or are considering joining the larger group.
The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy Friday in the face of dozens of claims of clergy sexual abuse. Archdiocese leaders say the reorganization will allow the church to compensate victims equitably, while still continuing its mission.
Meanwhile, area Catholics are taking the news with a mix of reflection, support and skepticism.