Stockton's Catholic Bishop says he will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday, making it the tenth in the United States to make such a filing.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton has been hit hard by parishioner lawsuits over sexual abuse by priests.
The diocese and its insurers have paid out more than 32 million dollars over the last 20 years.
Stockton Bishop Stephen Blaire says bankruptcy will allow the diocese to provide compensation for victims who have not yet had their day in court.
"We could probably put together a few bucks for one new case but what happens to all the others who come afterward."
~Bishop Stephen Blaire
Blaire says the parishes, cemetery, and Catholic schools are separate corporations within the Diocese so they will not be affected.
Michael Tubbs was sworn in as Stockton Mayor Tuesday night. His grandmother administered the oath of office.
Some people usher in the New Year by firing guns into the air, and that means police will be busy looking for such gunfire as the clock nears midnight.
Christmas dinner came in a box complete with a turkey and all the fixings for 1,500 needy families in Stockton today.
This is the 21st year for the annual Turkey Brigade, which along with Food 4 Less has donated more than 10,000 turkeys over two decades.
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