Diocese of New Mexico Auctiones Properties Online | New Mexico News
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – The Archdiocese of Santa Fe will auction nearly 140 pieces of property next month as it seeks to resolve a string of sexual abuse complaints.
Church officials announced on Tuesday that an online auction would begin on September 21. Opening offers will start at as low as $ 500 for vacant properties across three counties in central New Mexico. Another auction is scheduled for November.
The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy reorganization in 2018 to deal with a wave of claims.
A U.S. bankruptcy judge ruled last October that lawyers for clergy sexual abuse survivors can sue alleging the Archdiocese fraudulently transferred millions of dollars in property and other assets to avoid larger payments to victims. This ruling in the Chapter 11 reorganization case has opened the door to what could be a multi-million dollar windfall for hundreds of victims who have filed claims. It could also result in costly legal appeals that would use funds that would otherwise be used to pay claims.
A senior church official, Reverend Glennon Jones, said earlier this year that progress was being made in fundraising for the bankruptcy settlement. He also warned that if bankruptcy failed, nothing would be safe from liquidation to pay legal fees and settlements.
He reiterated his warning in a more recent post on the Archdiocese’s website, saying the case must be settled to prevent lawsuits from being taken against individual parishes and potentially having those parishes forced to sell parish halls. or even churches to pay the legal bills.
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