The Diocese of Stockton, California, will file for bankruptcy this week.
Bishop Stephen Blaire, who had warned the faithful in December that
diocesan officials had found “no viable option.. other than reorganizing
financially under the protection of bankruptcy court,” has confirmed
that the diocese will take the “painful but necessary” action.
Stockton will become the 10th Catholic diocese to seek federal
bankruptcy relief in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal.
was forthright in saying that the action was the result of heavy damages
paid to victims or clerical abuse.
"Very simply, we are in this
situation because of those priests in our diocese who perpetrated grave,
evil acts of child sexual abuse," he said.