The Archdiocese of St. John’s has submitted for personal bankruptcy protection.
Archbishop Peter Hundt made the announcement Tuesday afternoon by way of a information launch that the archdiocese had filed a observe of intention to make a proposal pursuant to the Personal bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
“Over the past yr considering that the lawful decision turned ultimate that the archdiocese was vicariously liable for the statements of abuse at the Mount Cashel orphanage in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, we have been operating really hard to identify how most effective to solve these statements when also making certain the ongoing exercise and celebration of our Catholic religion,” Hundt stated.
“In impact, we will be requesting supplemental time to comprehensive our evaluation of our property, formally contact for promises in opposition to the archdiocese, and develop a proposal for our lenders to settle victims’ claims and creditor liabilities. This process will entail the archdiocese promoting diocesan houses such as church properties to pleased claims. This will be a clear system adjudicated by means of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Courtroom.”
Hundt claimed the church is dedicated to settling the victims statements, and “hope in accomplishing so we can deliver some measure of therapeutic to them, their people and all who have been wounded by sexual abuse.”
Hudnt claimed he will be meeting with parishes and groups in the coming weeks.