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St. Paul–Minneapolis Allegedly Undervaluing Assets for Abuse Claims

By Catholics for Choice August 22, 2016

Lawyers representing hundreds of clergy abuse survivors claimed that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been shielding more than $1 billion in assets from abuse claims, the Wall Street Journal reports. Bankruptcy filings had estimated the archdiocese’s worth at $45 million. Though Archbishop Bernard Hebda said that all assets had been disclosed, Jeff Anderson, attorney for some of the claimants, said, “It’s a serious and sinister scheme to hide and conceal their true net worth,” according to the StarTribune.

Catholics for Choice

was founded in 1973 to serve as a voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health.