ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge has ruled that employees of the Roman
Catholic Diocese of Gallup can continue to be paid and receive benefits during
bankruptcy protection proceedings.
Three Arizona counties are part of the diocese.
The Albuquerque Journal reported that a Bankruptcy
Court judge issued the order Friday during a hearing on the diocese’s filing
last week for Chapter 11 reorganization.
The diocese had announced in September that it planned to file in bankruptcy
court because of mounting claims of clergy sex abuse.
The diocese is also made up of parishes in six counties in New Mexico, and seven Native American reservations.
Diocese attorney Susan Boswell said 105 people have been identified who may
file claims in the case.
Claimants attorney James Stang said fairness, justice and healing are issues in
the case along with money.