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

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The Diocese and those representing victims and survivors continue to work together to come to a fair resolution of claims that allows the work of the Church to continue in our communities. As of May 25, 2016, the date the three-year open window for making civil claims for historical cases of child sexual abuse closed, 101 claims…

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“It is a time to recommit to efforts to prevent the abuse of the vulnerable and vow never to forget the lessons of this tragic chapter in Church history.” – Bishop John LeVoir

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am writing because a number of parishes in the Diocese of New Ulm, including your parish, have recently been sued under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. As you may know, the Minnesota Child Victims Act removed for three years the civil statute of limitations for historical cases of child sexual abuse. The deadline to file a claim is May 25, 2016.

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Everyone called to participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month The “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) says, “In Matthew 25, the Lord, in his commission to his apostles and disciples, told them that whenever they show mercy and compassion to the least…

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