Diocese of Rochester files for bankruptcy


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (via WROC and WIVB) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester has filed for bankruptcy, the first in New York state to do so.

This follows a flurry of lawsuits against the organization, mostly sexual assault cases, that were filed following the enactment of the Child Victims Act.

The Child Victims Act, which went into effect on August 14, extended the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases for one year.

Rochester’s Diocese is the first to file bankruptcy in our state, and the 20th to do so in the nation.

Once contacted, the Diocese of Buffalo issued this statement:

Like every Diocese in the State of New York, the Diocese of Buffalo is consulting financial experts, insurance carriers and working with our Finance Council to review the options available to fairly address the lawsuits filed by survivors and to continue our mission as a Diocese.

via a Catholic Diocese of Buffalo spokesperson

The Diocese of Rochester represents 86 parishes in 12 counties.

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