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Archdiocese of Santa Fe to file for bankruptcy

Joshua Panas, Chris Ramirez, Patrick Hayes
November 30, 2018 07:18 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - One day after the New Mexico attorney general's office executed a search warrant on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe's administrative offices in Albuquerque, the church announced it will file for bankruptcy.

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Archbishop John C. Wester said filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy is the most equitable for the archdiocese to address its responsibility to sexual abuse victims.

"I wish to make clear that our first and foremost concern is the victims of sexual abuse and our desire to do all we can to provide for their just compensation," Wester said. 

There are between 35-40 active claims against the church, according to Wester. The archbishop said filing for bankruptcy does not mean the church will avoid responsibility for victims of clergy abuse.

"We believe that Chapter 11 is the most equitable way for the archdiocese to address its responsibility to the victim-survivors," Wester said.

While the church goes through the bankruptcy process, Wester said day-to-day operations at churches will not be impacted. 

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The 4 Investigates team examined cases of three former Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe whose alleged widespread abuse of children decades ago not only went undealt with, but contributed to what many mental health professionals call a mental health crisis for New Mexico.

Read the series: 
Shattered Faith, Part I: A dangerous shuffle game
Shattered Faith, Part II: The wide circle of silence
Shattered Faith, Part III: Getting help

If you’re interested in learning more about clergy abuse that took place in New Mexico, you can listen to the 4 Investigates podcast, “Our Backstory.” The podcast is available on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcher, and Spotify.

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Joshua Panas, Chris Ramirez, Patrick Hayes

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