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APNewsBreak: St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese files for bankruptcy in wake of abuse claims

  • FILE - In this July 30, 2014 file photo, St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt speaks at his office in St. Paul, Minn. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy Friday, Jan. 16, 2105, saying it’s is the best way to fairly get as many resources as possible to victims of alleged clergy sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig, File)

    FILE - In this July 30, 2014 file photo, St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt speaks at his office in St. Paul, Minn. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy Friday, Jan. 16, 2105, saying it’s is the best way to fairly get as many resources as possible to victims of alleged clergy sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Archbishop John Nienstedt addresses a news conference, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in St. Paul, Minn. after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection, saying it's the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse.  The archdiocese is the 12th U.S. diocese to seek bankruptcy protection in the face of sex abuse claims. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Archbishop John Nienstedt addresses a news conference, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in St. Paul, Minn. after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection, saying it's the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse. The archdiocese is the 12th U.S. diocese to seek bankruptcy protection in the face of sex abuse claims. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Archbishop John Nienstedt addresses a news conference, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in St. Paul, Minn. after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection, saying it's the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse.  The archdiocese is the 12th U.S. diocese to seek bankruptcy protection in the face of sex abuse claims.  (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Archbishop John Nienstedt addresses a news conference, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in St. Paul, Minn. after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection, saying it's the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse. The archdiocese is the 12th U.S. diocese to seek bankruptcy protection in the face of sex abuse claims. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)  (The Associated Press)

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed for bankruptcy, saying it's is the best way to fairly get as many resources as possible to victims of alleged clergy sexual abuse.

Attorneys for the archdiocese filed their petition Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Church officials have said bankruptcy was an option as the archdiocese faces lawsuits from victims of past sexual abuse. Roughly two dozen lawsuits have been filed, and the archdiocese has received more than 100 notices of potential claims.

The St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese is the 12th U.S. diocese to seek bankruptcy protection in the face of sex abuse claims.

In an interview in advance of Friday's filing, the Rev. Charles Lachowitzer told The Associated Press that the reorganization was the right thing to do.