The Diocese of Gallup wishes to announce that it will formally file for Chapter 11 reorganization on Tuesday, November 12 in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque. Please find below Bishop James Wall’s letter regarding the filing:
“Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus:
In early September I told you that I had made the decision that the only way to equitably and mercifully deal with the mounting sex abuse claims, still meet our commitment to you and continue the outreach mission of the Church was to file a Chapter 11 reorganization in the United States Bankruptcy Court. Since that time, we have been preparing for the filing. I wanted to tell you that the Chapter 11 filing will occur on Tuesday, November 12.
There is a section on the Diocese’s website that is devoted to information about the Chapter 11 filing. That can be found at http://voiceofthesouthwest.org/category/media-releases/chapter-11-filing/. We will regularly post information about the Chapter 11 to keep you informed of the ongoing process.
As I said in my letter to you in September, the process of Chapter 11 will open our Diocese to unprecedented public scrutiny which I believed would be a good thing. I am firmly convinced that as we embark on this journey to bring healing to all who have been harmed and to our Diocese.
Please continue to pray. Let us continue to pray that in all we say and do Jesus Christ might be made known.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
For further questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Suzanne Hammons, media liaison for the Diocese, by way of the following:
Phone: (505)863-4406 ext. 15