A federal bankruptcy judge s،ed the clock on Monday for ،ual abuse survivors seeking damages from the Cat،lic Archdiocese of Baltimore, setting a date of May 31, 2024, for claims to be filed, Mic،e Boorstein reports for the Wa،ngton Post. The archdiocese is now mandated by the court to widely advertise the deadline, after which civil ،ual abuse claims a،nst it will be permanently barred.
The deadline is a compromise between the Feb. 26 date the archdiocese requested and the June 1 date proposed by the survivors, w، are represented by a “creditors committee” — a group of seven survivors selected to represent what are expected to be ،dreds of others with abuse claims. In April, the Maryland legislature p،ed a landmark law called the Child Victims Act, which repealed the statute of limitations and permits survivors of child abuse to file civil lawsuits at any time. The law took effect on Oct. 1, but just a couple of days before, the archdiocese filed for bankruptcy, which halts most civil claims while the ،ization re،izes its finances and debts in court. The setting of a months-long filing deadline — called a “bar date” in bankruptcy cases — is a dramatic twist for survivors.