Milwaukee Archdiocese files for bankruptcy

January 17, 2011

A year to the day after his installation as the 11th archbishop of Milwaukee, Archbishop Jerome Listecki announced Jan. 4 that he had directed archdiocesan attorneys “to file a petition for a Chapter 11 reorganization of its financial affairs under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.”

Milwaukee is the largest archdiocese to file for Chapter 11.

The archbishop said in a letter to the Catholic community and at a news conference at archdiocesan headquarters in St. Francis that Chapter 11 reorganization is the best way to achieve two goals — help compensate victims/survivors of clergy abuse and carry on the essential ministries of the archdiocese.