Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WUSF Logo

X

Catholic Archdiocese to File for Bankruptcy

The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Portland, Ore., announces plans to file for bankruptcy. Archbishop John Vlazny said the church's action is a response to two sexual abuse lawsuits seeking more than $160 million. The archdiocese has already paid millions to settle other abuse claims. The bankruptcy is the first by a Catholic diocese in the United States. NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports.

Copyright 2004 NPR