Friends, The following is a letter to all the parishes from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis office of the Archbishop Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt.
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January 16, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We have all been devastated by revelations of the stories from those who have been hurt by clergy sexual abuse. Victims, survivors and their loved ones have personally shared their heartbreaking stories with me. I have sensed their anger, their sorrow, and their intense sense of betrayal because of these unthinkably evil deeds. I deeply regret their suffering. I hope to do all I can to assist them towards healing.
We must come together to care for all those who have been hurt during this tragic time in our Church's history. As announced in October, we are continuing to work with those representing victims/survivors to make sure we are doing all we can to prevent sexual abuse of minors, as well as to be instruments of healing for those who have been abused.
To that end, I have directed that a petition for a Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Archdiocese Corporation be filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court of the District of Minnesota. Please note: this filing does not include parishes and schools.
I make this decision because I believe it is the fairest and most helpful recourse for those victims/survivors who have made claims against us. Reorganization will allow the finite resources of the Archdiocese to be distributed equitably among all the victims/survivors. It will also permit the Archdiocese to provide essential services required to continue its mission within this 12 county district.....
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Let us place our trust in Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, and in his holy mother, Mary. May they continue to be our guardians as well as our inspiration and source of confidence.
With every good wish, I am
Cordially yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Greg Esty
Telephone 651.429.7937 | FAX 651.653.0071
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