The Diocese of Syracuse filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code June 19, citing the financial implications of more than 100 lawsuits alleging past child sexual abuse by clergy and laypeople as well as the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The number of cases, of course, overwhelms us,” Bishop Douglas J. Lucia said during a press conference after appearing at a hearing before the chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of New York. “My first concern is ‘how can I help those who have been harmed?’” he added.

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