the path to bankruptcy
New law in Minnesota
Creates three-year window to file sex abuse lawsuits previously barred by statute of limitations.
First lawsuit filed
By a John Doe 1, in Ramsey District Court.
Ex-archdiocese canon lawyer Jennifer Haselberger reveals evidence that church officials overlooked sexual misconduct.
St. Paul police ask clergy abuse victims to come forward.
Archbishop John Nienstedt says he will release a partial list of accused priests.
The full list
Ramsey County judge orders archdiocese to release full list of credibly accused priests. The names of 34 are published.
Archbishop Nienstedt gives court deposition on clergy abuse, during which he says, "I believe that we felt that we could monitor the situation without making a total disclosure to the people."
Criminal charges weighed
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says criminal charges are unlikely in 10 decades-old alleged priest abuse cases.
Archdiocese and victims' attorney reach landmark settlement on how abuse cases will be handled.
Archdiocese acknowledges it is considering bankruptcy. CFO Tom Mertens says: "Reorganization under the bankruptcy code would be a way to respond to all victims … not just those who have the earliest trial dates or settlements."
Archdiocese sues 20 insurance companies to force them to pay abuse expenses.
Archdiocese files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. "I make this decision because I believe it is the fairest and most helpful recourse for those victims/survivors who have made claims against us," Nienstedt writes..