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Catholic religious order files for bankruptcy

SEATTLE (AP) — The Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious order that runs schools in Seattle and across the country, has filed for bankruptcy. It is the second Catholic order in the United States to do so because of sexual abuse claims.

The Seattle Times reports the order did not say how many abuse claims are pending against it, but victims’ attorneys estimate there are more than 50 claims.

In the U.S., most of the cases stem from abuse claims at the now-defunct Briscoe Memorial School near Kent.

Several cases also involve Edward Courtney, a former brother who taught at Seattle’s O’Dea High School.

The order filed for Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York.

The bankruptcy filing is not expected to affect O’Dea High financially. Archdiocese spokesman Greg Magnoni says the school is owned by the Seattle Archdiocese, which hires the Christian Brothers to run it.

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