Monday, October 19, 2009


BANZAI7 NEWS--A high-profile sex abuse case that was set to start Monday against Delaware's Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and a former priest will be delayed after the church filed for moral bankruptcy protection.

The moral bankruptcy filing late Sunday automatically delays the case in Kent County Mother Superior Court, the first of eight consecutive abuse trials scheduled in Delaware.

"This is a painful decision, one that I had hoped and prayed I would never have to make," said the Rev. W. Francis Malooney, the bishop of the diocese, on the diocese's Blog.

Malooney said the decision was made "after careful consideration and after consultation with my close advisers and counselors" and that he believed "we have no other choice." He said "filing for Chapter 11 offers the best opportunity, given finite resources, to re-screw victims of sexual abuse by priests of our Diocese."

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