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In-Depth at 6:30: Diocese of Winona-Rochester Files for Bankruptcy (Part 1)

November 20, 2018 10:06 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- On Tuesday, the Diocese of Winona-Rochester publicly announced that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This came as documents relating to the sexual abuse by priests of the Diocese of Winona began to be made public in 2014.

This is the fourth Diocese in Minnesota to file bankruptcy amid sexual abuse allegations. The decision to file was to protect the church's services as it pays back the victims of sexual abuse.

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"The financial becomes part of the healing. It isn't going to be able to solve everything, but it is recognizing the harm that was done to them," said Bishop Quinn. "So I see it as part of the healing process."

Bishop John Quinn sat down to go in-depth on not only the decision to file but how the church plans to move forward.

"We don't want this to be the final chapter in the church's life," said Bishop Quinn. "In fact, we have learned a lot. We see this really as a hopeful moment to be able to assist those who have been injured by the church."

See Part 2 of the In-Depth Diocese series here.

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