SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After some 200 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors and with no statute of limitations, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento is considering bankruptcy.
Sunday, Bishop Jaime Soto sent out a letter to parishioners alerting them to the situation.
He said in his address, "I am committed to resolving all claims as fairly as possible. However, given the number of claims that have been presented, resolving them may overwhelm the diocese's finances available to satisfy such claims"
He says, "I must consider all the options available to him should the diocese become insolvent."
Almost all the cases come from the 1990s and earlier; however, five claims have been filed since 2002. The diocese covers from Sacramento to the Oregon border, to the Nevada border, and to the North Coast.