More “New Springtime” for the post-VII Church: Diocese of Helena, Montana files bankruptcy due to $15M clerical abuse settlement.

The Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan comes after confidential mediation sessions with the plaintiffs’ attorneys and insurers, resulting in a proposed deal to resolve the abuse claims, diocese officials said.

Bishop George Leo Thomas expressed “his profound sorrow” and apologized to the victims in a news conference.


Child porn priest scandal brings to light big problems in Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese

For months after finding troubling images on a computer, the Catholic diocese tried on its own to deal with Father Shawn Ratigan.

As a result, a report released Thursday said, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph went off track, bungling its own investigation and failing to even follow its own policies.

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