Twin Cities archdiocese gets more time to submit plan

Published 9:51 am Friday, April 10, 2015

ST. PAUL — A federal bankruptcy judge has given the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis more time to submit a reorganization plan.

Judge Robert Kressel on Thursday extended the deadline for filing the plan to Nov. 30.

Attorneys for the archdiocese argued it needed more time to both work with insurance carriers and to determine a more precise total number of abuse claims. The attorneys said it would be counterproductive to file without that information.

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Kressel denied a motion that would allow the archdiocese to pay its attorneys on a more frequent basis.

The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy Jan. 16. The bankruptcy came in response to a wave of clergy abuse lawsuits filed since 2013, when Minnesota temporarily lifted its statute of limitations on older abuse cases.