Diocese of Rochester Catholic clergy abuse victims allowed to proceed with their claims; SNAP applauds the court ruling.

(For Immediate Release May 24, 2022) 

In a huge victory for victims of clergy abuse, a federal bankruptcy judge granted survivors permission to resume their previously paused actions against hundreds of independent Catholic corporations that did not seek bankruptcy protection. The judge's scathing ruling slammed what he perceived as the Diocese’s hardball tactics.

“Portraying itself as a victim, trying to do right by the Abuse Survivors, the Diocese predicts that if state court litigation is permitted to move forward against any of the Catholic Corporations, ‘the Diocese may be forced to pursue a non-consensual plan of reorganization,'” U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Paul R. Warren wrote in a 16-page decision and order. “That is a pretty heavy-handed threat to be leveled at the people who are the real victims here—the Abuse Survivors.”

To us, this victory shows the lengths that the Diocese of Rochester and many other Catholic dioceses throughout the country are willing to go to deny justice to victims. The tactics used by the Diocese attempted to minimize their responsibility for the injuries to survivors and to protect their assets rather than caring for those who have already suffered for decades because of unconscionable decisions made by Catholic officials: the victims of clergy sexual abuse.

We celebrate this victory with those survivors who can now have their day in court.

 CONTACT: Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected] 267-261-0578) Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009) Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Board President ([email protected] 814-341-8386)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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