Settlement Reached in Duluth, MN

We are glad that the legal issues in the Diocese of Duluth, MN are resolved but hope other Catholic bishops avoid the temptation to seek Chapter 11 protection. This process almost inevitably helps complicit church officials keep a lid on their wrongdoing.

We applaud the brave victims who endured years of legal wrangling and hope their patience, and this result, brings them some sorely-needed and long-overdue comfort and closure.

We also hope Duluth Catholics will remain vigilant. Simply moving money from one place to another doesn't protect kids. When victims, witnesses and whistleblowers call police, and when church-goers insist on honesty from their officials, that protects kids.

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)

(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


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