The Earth Times website reports today (January 4, 2011) that court-ordered payments to victims of sexual abuse by priests have forced the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to file for bankruptcy.
Archbishop Jerome Listecki said in a video recording on the church's website today that the bankruptcy filing is due to several priests sexually abusing minors.
He acknowledged that this was a "dramatic step" but hoped it would help bring "resolution and closure" and "the opportunity for a new beginning."
The Milwaukee archdiocese has paid out 29 million dollars over the last 20 years "to try to resolve this tragedy," Listecki said. He did not indicate how many victims received payments.