September 16, 2013

When Bishop James Wall became the bishop of the Diocese of Gallup in 2009, he knew there were festering issues regarding allegations of priest sex abuse, but not to the extent that has brought the sprawling southwestern diocese to the doors of U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

At Masses throughout the diocese Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, shocked parishioners were read a letter from Wall that in the face of insurmountable law suits the diocese intends to file for bankruptcy protection.

Wall could not be reached for comment.

Seven other U.S. dioceses have filed for bankruptcy protection in the aftermath of sexual abuse lawsuits.