After weeks full of delays, attorneys for the Gallup diocese filed its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court March 21.
Reaching an agreement with the abuse claimants is a major step toward achieving a consensual plan of reorganization for the diocese, which filed its Chapter 11 petition on Nov. 12, 2013.
Celebrations in Gallup, N.M., have proven to be few and subdued as the legacy of clergy sex abuse continues to cast a long shadow across the diocese.
The Gallup, N.M., diocese may be the ninth to file for bankruptcy in the last 10 years, but a judge doesn't want it to follow its predecessors.
The diocese is the eighth U.S. diocese to file for bankruptcy protection in the aftermath of sexual abuse lawsuits.