ROCHESTER, Minnesota (KTTC) — The Catholic Diocese of Winona-Rochester is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the end of the month.
Bishop John Quinn made the announcement in a statement this morning following accusations of sexual abuse by clergy members. “As part of this healing, it is incumbent upon us to create a path forward that provides just compensation for the victims of abuse,” he said, “This must include public acknowledgement of their pain, an apology, and financial compensation.”
The Diocese is currently facing 121 claims of clergy sex abuse. Fourteen priests are accused of child abuse over several decades, 11 of them serving in Rochester parishes.
All of the accused priests have either died or been suspended from the ministry. They served in 11 parishes across southern Minnesota.