MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A federal bankruptcy court in Minneapolis approved Tuesday the plan for the reorganization of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

The archdiocese filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy protection after several people sued, claiming they were victims of clergy sex abuse.

“Because of the courage of these survivors standing in strength and in solidarity with each other, we can take great comfort that by the actions they’ve taken, kids and the community are safer,” attorney Jeff Anderson said.

Out of 400 votes cast, 398 sexual abuse survivors voted to accept the settlement plan.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul settlement is the largest bankruptcy settlement in a Catholic bankruptcy case in the United States.

“The resolution of this chapter in the journey can bring some comfort to all,” Anderson said. “The credit is deserved exclusively by the survivors, who had the courage to stand up for their truth and to stand against the attempt by the Archdiocese to shut them out and diminish the power that each of them has exercised individually and collectively.”

The 400 survivors will share $210 million.


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