Statement by Attorney Jeff Anderson on the Archdiocese’s Attempt to Block Settlement Between Survivors and Crosiers
The survivors, Crosiers and lawyers have been working for years in mediation to avoid litigation and construct a plan to give survivors closure and a measure of justice. The objection filed by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis is unnecessary and disruptive.
We have been constructing a foundation, brick by brick, to build a plan and reach a fair resolution. The Archdiocese is throwing stones at this foundation and is employing legal and technical hardball tactics that are emblematic of their previous actions. The actions taken yesterday by the Archdiocese were taken to benefit the Archdiocese, not the survivors.
In its objection, the Archdiocese claims survivors shouldn’t receive more than the Archdiocese and other wrongdoers from the Crosiers. It is disgusting to claim the Archdiocese is in the same class as the survivors and should be treated the same.
To disrupt and distract this plan is sad, disturbing, and more importantly, destructive to survivors. This objection could cause delay in reaching a resolution not only in bankruptcies in Minnesota but across the country.