Duluth diocese, abuse victims agree to mediation

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Cathedral of Our Lady in Duluth, Dec. 7, 2015. The Diocese of Duluth filed for bankruptcy protection in December.
Dan Kraker | MPR News 2015

The Diocese of Duluth and victims of clergy abuse have agreed to mediation.

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The diocese filed for bankruptcy in December, saying it needed to protect assets and pay the victims of abuse. Judge Robert Kressel encouraged the parties to work with a mediator and is expected to approve the appointment of Gregg Zive, a federal judge with experience in diocesan bankruptcy cases.

WDIO-TV reports a diocese official has testified the district has assets of more than $5 million and liabilities of more than $12 million. Mediation is expected to begin May 1 in Minneapolis if neither side objects to the appointment of Zive as mediator.

Victims have until May 25 to file sexual abuse claims in bankruptcy court.

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