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US Guam clergy sex abuse survivors may receive payments in 2020

07:30  21 october  2019
07:30  21 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Nearly 280 clergy sex abuse claims have been filed since Guam lifted in 2016 the statute of limitation for child sexual abuse cases. Reporter Haidee Eugenio Gilbert covers Guam 's Catholic church issues, government, business and more. Follow her on Twitter @haidee_eugenio.

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Officials say Guam's clergy sex abuse survivors could begin receiving compensation from the Catholic Archdiocese of Agana in the first half of 2020.

FILE - This Nov. 7, 2018 file photo shows the residence and office of the Archbishop of Agana in Hagatna, Guam. Guam's Catholic Church has filed for bankruptcy, a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits and enter settlement negotiations. Ford Elsaesser, an attorney representing the church, says the Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition was filed Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 with federal court in Guam. The church faces multi-million dollar lawsuits for sexual abuse from about 190 accusers. © AP Photo/Grace Garces Bordallo, file FILE - This Nov. 7, 2018 file photo shows the residence and office of the Archbishop of Agana in Hagatna, Guam. Guam's Catholic Church has filed for bankruptcy, a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits and enter settlement negotiations. Ford Elsaesser, an attorney representing the church, says the Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition was filed Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 with federal court in Guam. The church faces multi-million dollar lawsuits for sexual abuse from about 190 accusers.

The Pacific Daily News reported a U.S. District Court judge has given the archdiocese more time to calculate payment amounts to nearly 280 clergy sex abuse survivors and other claimants.

Officials say victims and church officials are scheduled to go into mediation Oct. 30, with a church reorganization plan to follow.

The judge has granted an archdiocese request for a second extension of a deadline to file a reorganization plan and disclosure statement to Jan. 16, 2020.

The date will mark a year since the archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following clergy sex abuse claims totaling more than $1 billion.

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