By: Stephen P. Lagoy
Facing 131 lawsuits filed by alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse, the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware filed for bankruptcy in October 2009. In a breaking development that signals a desire by both sides to resolve the disputes quickly, the Diocese and abuse victims are reported to have agreed to submit the cases to mediation. Philadelphia lawyer/mediator, Thomas Rutter, has been proposed by the parties to mediate and bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi is expected to approve Rutter next week.
For more on the Delaware diocese clergy abuse controversy and how the parties hope to resolve it through mediation see: delwareonline.com article.
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