Court accepts bankruptcy filing by Winona-Rochester Diocese

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(ABC 6 News) – A U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved filings for bankruptcy from the Winona-Rochester Diocese.

The Diocese filed a petition in November of 2018.

"Since then, the Diocese has worked toward an agreement with abuse survivors for a resolution of all sexual abuse claims against the Diocese and non-diocesan Catholic entities within the Diocese."

"The Plan provides for a substantial trust to compensate survivors of sexual abuse within the Diocese. The trust will be funded with up to $22,056,000 of Diocesan assets…"

“I welcome today’s announcement. I want to express my sincere apology to all those who have been affected by sexual abuse in our Diocese,” Bishop John M. Quinn said.

“My prayers go out to all survivors of abuse and I pledge my continuing commitment to ensure that this terrible chapter in the history of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester never happens again.”

The full release can be read below.