Judge Sets Bar Date for Clergy Survivors in Archdiocese of Baltimore Bankruptcy

Survivors Have Until May 31, 2024, to Take Legal Action

“The time for survivors to act is short. It’s time. Call 1-800-IT’S-TIME.” – Jeff Anderson

(Baltimore, MD) – Today, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Maryland, Judge Michelle M. Harner ruled that the claims bar date for survivors in the Archdiocese of Baltimore Chapter 11 bankruptcy is May 31, 2024. This means survivors abused in the Archdiocese of Baltimore have until May 31, 2024, to take legal action and file a claim. The Archdiocese requested a bar date of February 26, 2024, while the survivors’ creditors committee requested a date of June 1, 2024.

“The Archdiocese wanted a February deadline for survivors to file claims in Baltimore,” said attorney Steve Boyd. “Such a quick date would have potentially silenced hundreds of survivors.”

On September 29, 2023, the Archdiocese of Baltimore filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. This decision by the bishop to conceal assets and hide the truth from the survivors who were sexually abused by clergy members assigned to the Archdiocese of Baltimore is unfortunate and predictable. Now, because of the bar date, survivors have limited time to take legal action.