In 2007, the Los Angeles Archdiocese agreed to pay $660 million to more than 500 abuse survivors.
The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in January 2015, approximately a year and a half after the passage of the Minnesota Child Victims Act, which opened a three-year window into the state statute of limitations on filing sex abuse lawsuits.
The fallout yielded the disclosure of 91 credibly accused priests, 100,000 pages of documents, court oversight of the archdiocese for four years, and major upheaval in the chancery, including the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt, who left his post amid allegations of sexual misconduct with adult males, including seminarians.
The bankruptcy case proceeded slowly as lawyers argued over how much the archdiocese should have to pay.
But lawyers for the victims maintained that the archdiocese's true worth was more than a billion, counting assets of its 187 Roman Catholic parishes, as well as schools, cemeteries and other church-related entities.
It may be recalled that the Archdiocese of Jaro conducted silent protests by having at least 97 parishes put up streamers urging respect for life and an end to the killings.
In a related development, the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia also held similar actions in Ilocos Sur to condemn the extrajudicial killings.
Edwin Gariguez said they are supporting the activities held by the Archdiocese of Jaro in Iloilo and the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur.
It may be recalled that the Archdiocese of Jaro conducted silent protests by having at least 97 parishes put up streamers, which call for respect of life and an end to the killings.
Meanwhile, the legally besieged archdiocese, which has a population of 300,000, is appealing to parishes to contribute funds or property to prevent the archdiocese from seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, thus becoming the first U.S.
The declaratory action was taken the day before the archdiocese was scheduled for a mediation session with plaintiffs, according to pleadings files with the court.
Subsequently, the archdiocese filed counterclaims in federal court.