Feds set deadline to file sex abuse claims against church

GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) – A federal judge has set a deadline for people to file a sex abuse claim against the Catholic Diocese of Gallup.

It’s part of the diocese’s bankruptcy proceedings.

The diocese, which bills itself as one of the poorest in the country has been hit especially hard by sex abuse claims already and expects as many as 100 people to file claims.

The diocese decided to file for bankrputcy in September saying it would be the best way for sex abuse victims to be compensated fairly.

Now the court has ordered all potential victims to file their claims before August 11th of this year or possibly forfeit their right to sue the diocese.

The Survivors Network says it’s a burden on the people this process should be helping.

The church says most of lawsuits and claims stem for incidents that happened more than 40 years ago.

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