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Message from Bishop LeVoir
Statement by Bishop John LeVoir on behalf of the Diocese of New Ulm Regarding Financial Reorganization
Bishop John LeVoir today directed attorneys representing the Diocese of New Ulm to file for financial reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The Diocese of New Ulm is the third diocese in Minnesota to file for reorganization following the enactment of the Minnesota Child Victims Act, which temporarily lifted the civil statute of limitations on historical childhood sexual abuse claims for a three-year period, which ended on May 25, 2016. Under that Act, a total of 101 lawsuits have been filed against the Diocese and some parishes within the geographic area the Diocese serves.
The reorganization filing does not include parishes, Catholic schools or other Catholic organizations located in the geographic area served by the Diocese. Parishes and other Catholic organizations are separate corporations under Minnesota law.