MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A judge will be asked Wednesday to make the Milwaukee Archdiocese pay over $2 million in legal fees to creditors' attorneys in the church's bankruptcy case.
The Catholic Archdiocese plans to tell Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley that it doesn't have the money to pay all the legal bills right now.
Kelley had agreed more than a year ago not to force the church to pay legal bills while the case was pending. That way, the archdiocese could have enough to pay at least one month of its bills.
Bankruptcy law requires the church to pay legal fees for both the archdiocese and its creditors -- about 575 victims of sex abuse by priests. Their lawyers say the church has more money than was anticipated -- and there's no reason they shouldn't get paid now.
The Milwaukee archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2011, saying it didn't have enough to pay anticipated legal settlements to the priest sex abuse victims.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)