Bankruptcy judge orders archdiocese, victims into 'meaningful' settlement talks
arch05 nws kwg 1--Archbishop Jerome Listecki answers question at a press conference at the Cousins Center, Tuesday January 4, 2011, where he announced that the archdiocese will file a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Listecki stated that there are financial claims against the church from lawsuits by sexual abuse survivors, abused by priests. PHOTO: KRISTYNA WENTZ-GRAFF / KWENTZ@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Archbishop Jerome Listecki answers question at a news conference at the Cousins Center on Tuesday about the archdiocese’s decision to file for bankruptcy protection. Photo: Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff
The judge in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy has ordered the church and its creditors to begin “meaningful settlement negotiations.” And, depending on their progress, she could order them into mediation aimed at hammering out an agreement as early as June.