On December 3, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe filed for bankruptcy in the face of decades of sexual abuse lawsuits and millions of dollars in payouts to survivors. More than 350 abuse survivors have been documented in the archdiocese over the last 25 years. Now that the archdiocese petitioned for bankruptcy, all current lawsuits against the church, an estimated 35, are on hold. Furthermore, no new individual claims can be brought forward during the bankruptcy proceedings, according to Brad Hall, whose law firm has represented over 100 survivors of sexual abuse by clergymen. In May, the National Catholic Reporter reported that 19 dioceses and religious orders in the U.S. had declared bankruptcy due to sexual abuse claims, citing the watchdog group bishopsaccountability.org. Click here for the full story.