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Bankruptcy court OKs settlement for clergy sexual abuse victims

MINNEAPOLIS – A U. S. Bankruptcy Court judge has approved a reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that will compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Judge Robert Kressel approved the $210 million settlement Tuesday. Hundreds of victims voted in favor of the plan.

Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represented many of the victims, praised the survivors, saying their courage means that children are safer.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda apologized to the court. Hebda says that he hopes that the resolution “brings some degree of justice for the victims.

The settlement was reached in May . The proceeds will be paid after each claim is assessed.

The archdiocese bankruptcy in 2015, two years after the Minnesota Legislature opened a three-year window that people who had been sexually abused in the past to sue for damages.

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