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The heightened scrutiny led to the downfall of two bishops, and two Catholic dioceses — including the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis — filed for bankruptcy in 2015.

The diocese did ask Pope Benedict XVI to laicize, or formally remove from the clergy, the nine priests it had suspended because of abuse allegations. In Minnesota: Statute of limitations lifted Minnesota Catholic dioceses are wrestling with new accusations of priest abuse after a 2013 state law temporarily lifted the statute of limitations to file civil actions.

Under the law, victims age 24 and under as of 2013 have unlimited time to sue.

The archdiocese says all men who were assigned there have been permanently removed from ministry. Cloud, which covers a large part of rural Minnesota, is still working to resolve 74 claims, including 31 against clergy members, that were made during the three-year window, spokesman Joe Towalski says.

Most claims are related to allegations from several decades ago.

At the time, the diocese listed assets of as much as 0 million and liabilities of as much as 0 million. In 2007, Delaware passed the Child Victims Act, one of the toughest child abuse laws in the nation.

It gave accusers two years in which to file civil suits that otherwise would be barred by statutes of limitation.

Since the two-year window closed in 2009, six additional plaintiffs have said they were abused as children during the 1970s and 1980s, says Wilmington attorney Thomas Neuberger, who represented many of the original victims.

Wilmington diocese spokesman Robert Krebs said the diocese has not settled any abuse claims since 2011.

By 2011, the Diocese of Wilmington and several religious orders throughout the diocese distributed more than 0 million to 152 adult survivors who were sexually abused by area Catholic priests. District Court judge has approved attorneys' request to consolidate as many as 25 clergy sex abuse lawsuits.

GUAM PRIEST SCANDAL The Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna is shown in this file photo. Tens of millions more were paid in confidential settlements with dozens of other childhood rape survivors who had been abused in families, other churches, non-profit groups or in public, private or religious schools in Delaware, found.