Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore Files for Bankruptcy

From a Washington Post story by Michelle Boorstein headlined “Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, facing possible slew of lawsuits, files for bankruptcy”:

The Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, less than two days before a new state law takes effect allowing victims of child sexual abuse to sue institutions, no matter how long ago the abuse took place.

Federal bankruptcy law halts all lawsuits against an entity that files for bankruptcy. Instead, the legal action will shift to a bankruptcy court, where the process — if successful — will set a permanent end-date when alleged victims of abuse related to the church can file claims, rather than opening a permanent window as the law intended.