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Helena Diocese
2:16 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Helena Diocese filing for bankruptcy in wake of child sex-abuse lawsuits

Inside the Helena Cathedral. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is filing for bankruptcy protection in the wake of child sex-abuse claims.
Credit Erik Madsen/flickr

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is filing for bankruptcy protection as part of a settlement in lawsuits over child sex abuse. It’s the 11th diocese in the nation to seek bankruptcy after similar claims.

Allegations against The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena stem from a period between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Hundreds of victims say clergy members sexually abused them at that time while the church covered it up. Most of the clergy implicated in the suit have since died. None remain in active ministry.

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