The Crosier Bankruptcy has been moving along. There parties have been working together toward resolution, and there was an end in sight. Then this week, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis filed a motion to stop the settlement. Their official statement was:
The archdiocese filed its objection in the related Crosier matter to ensure the preservation of insurance rights for the benefit of the victim creditors in its case…The archdiocese fully expects that its filing, as well as the similar filing by the Crosiers in the Archdiocese case, will be resolved in a way that does not delay confirmation of a plan in either case.
This is a statement that will be tested out. But it is most likely another example of the church saying one thing to the press and their attorneys bringing motions and making arguments that are very different. Again, the Archdiocese wants to DELAY!
See: Why the Church Can Not Make the Disclosure Decisions, Mike Bryant February 4, 2014 9:51 AM
Collateral Attack on Survivor Advocates Shouldn’t be Allowed in Missouri, Mike Bryant April 16, 2012 9:44 AM
The survivors, Crosiers and lawyers have been working for years in mediation to avoid litigation and construct a plan to give survivors closure and a measure of justice. The objection filed by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis is unnecessary and disruptive.
We have been constructing a foundation, brick by brick, to build a plan and reach a fair resolution. The Archdiocese is throwing stones at this foundation and is employing legal and technical hardball tactics that are emblematic of their previous actions. The actions taken yesterday by the Archdiocese were taken to benefit the Archdiocese, not the survivors.
In its objection, the Archdiocese claims survivors shouldn’t receive more than the Archdiocese and other wrongdoers from the Crosiers. It is disgusting to claim the Archdiocese is in the same class as the survivors and should be treated the same.
To disrupt and distract this plan is sad, disturbing, and more importantly, destructive to survivors. This objection could cause delay in reaching a resolution not only in bankruptcies in Minnesota, but across the country.
It is also worth watching : https://youtu.be/L1YnzQZfM2Y
The Crosier Bankruptcy has been a great example of the parties working together to reach a agreement. This is very different than what the St. Cloud Diocese and Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis have done.
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A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.