The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, six months after it revealed that it paid millions of dollars to people who had been sexually abused by clergy as children.
The Harrisburg diocese is one of at least 20 others across the United States who have filed for bankruptcy to protect themselves from creditors. It is the first diocese in Pennsylvania to file for bankruptcy related to sexual abuse cases.
The diocese said in August it had paid 106 people more than $12 million to compensate for claims of sexual abuse they said they suffered as children at the hands of clerics, deacons, and seminarians. The current total is 111 settlements, officials said on Wednesday.
The diocese told the court that it has more than 200 creditors and estimated liabilities between $50 million and $100 million, with less than $10 million in assets.