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The Latest: Twin Cities archdiocese praises judge’s decision

December 28, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on a judge ordering all sides back to mediation in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ bankruptcy case (all times local):

5 p.m.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it is looking forward to mediation to resolve the archdiocese’s bankruptcy case.

A judge on Thursday denied both the archdiocese’s reorganization plan and a competing plan submitted by a creditors’ committee before ordering all sides back into negotiations.

In a statement, the chair of the archdiocese’s reorganization task force, Tom Abood, says the decision “bolsters our resolve to move forward in the bankruptcy process.” Abood says the archdiocese looks forward to participating in mediation “to bring a prompt and fair resolution.”

An attorney for victims of clergy sex abuse says the ruling will quicken the process of getting payments to victims.

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson says the judge’s decision means “there will be a speedier resolution” than either plan could have offered.

The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015.

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12:30 p.m.

An attorney for victims of clergy sex abuse says a judge has denied both compensation plans in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ bankruptcy case.

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson released a statement Thursday saying a judge denied both the archdiocese’s reorganization plan and a competing plan submitted by a creditors’ committee. He says the judge ordered all parties back to mediation.

The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015. A spokesman for the archdiocese did not immediately reply to messages for comment.

In May, an overwhelming majority of victims of clergy sex abuse in the archdiocese voted in favor for a plan submitted by the creditors’ committee over the archdiocese’s plan.

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