Del. Diocese Asks To Support Accused Abuser Priests

Law360, New York (November 20, 2009, 4:40 PM EST) -- The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Inc. has asked a bankruptcy court for approval to continue paying retirement and health benefits to seven priests who have been accused of sexually abusing former parishioners, over the objections of the alleged abuse victims.

In a motion filed Thursday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, the diocese argued that it is obligated under Canon Law and the principles of Catholic charity to continue paying pension, medical and housing costs for the retired priests.

“The debtor did...
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