Montana diocese declares bankruptcy in the wake of hundreds of raped children.

I’m not sure it’s enough to be an instance of full justice, but it’s a start:

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Mont., filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday to pave the way for a $15 million settlement of lawsuits alleging clergy members sexually abused 362 children over five decades, according to a diocese spokesman.

“The settlement here will be as much help financially as we can offer to claimants,” the spokesman, Dan Bartleson, told NBCNews.com. “And the bankruptcy puts us in a place at the diocese where we can care for the Catholics who are currently part of the church.”

I hope they care for the Catholics who are still part of their church better than for those who were a part of it.  Or, hell, the victims might still consider themselves Catholic.  How depressing that would be…

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