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Judge to rule whether St. Paul Archdiocese parishes can be tapped for abuse claims


A bankruptcy court judge was asked Thursday to include Catholic parishes and schools with the assets of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to compensate clergy abuse victims.

The archdiocese’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy organization plan, filed in May, would create a $65 million trust fund to compensate the some 440 abuse victims who have filed claims.

But victims’ attorneys say the archdiocese’s true assets are more than $1.7 billion, because it is intricately linked administratively and financially to its 187 parishes, schools, cemeteries and other affiliated nonprofits. They argued the archdiocese has tried to hide those financial ties.


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