Catholic dioceses declare bankruptcy on eve of sexual abuse trials

Catholic dioceses declare bankruptcy on eve of sexual abuse trials

Reveal, The Center for Investigative Reporting

The Rev. Thomas Stitts was known within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis as a priest who molested boys.

But three civil trials on abuse that were supposed to start a week ago never did. Instead, the archdiocese filed for bankruptcy, becoming the 12th Roman Catholic diocese in the last decade to declare bankruptcy amid a wave of clergy abuse lawsuits.

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