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Syracuse Diocese Bankruptcy Filing Deadline Set for April 15

During a hearing held on Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Diocese of Syracuse’s bankruptcy case, Chief Judge Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of New York ruled that sexual abuse survivors have until April 15, 2021, to file their sexual abuse claims against the Diocese of Syracuse.

Contrary to what some might think, a bankruptcy filing does not mean the Syracuse Diocese is broke: it means the Diocese is asking for the Bankruptcy Court for help resolve the rest of the sexual abuse claims against it so it may continue to operate.  Its assets will be allocated among all of its creditors, including an unknown number of sexual abuse claimants, known and unknown.

Bankruptcy is also a means by which a Catholic Diocese can continue to protect itself and its secrets, and, for that reason it is often criticized by survivor advocates and attorneys.  The Diocese of Syracuse might have to publicize any priest personnel files as part of this process,

The April 15 filing deadline is also referred to as a “bar date” in bankruptcy law.  It is a strict, non-negotiable deadline by which all existing claims must be filed against the Diocese of Syracuse or claimants will be forever barred from seeking relief in the future.

For survivors of sexual abuse by anyone employed by the Diocese of Syracuse such as a priest, teacher, sacristan, deacon, or lay volunteer, this likely means that even though New York lawmakers extended the statute of limitations window to August 12, 2021, your claim will be forever barred on April 15, 2021.  That makes it critically important for anyone who was victimized by a Syracuse Diocese employee to contact competent counsel as soon as possible to discuss your options: the fact is that you probably won’t have any options after April 15.

While the exact class of persons who can file a claim in the bankruptcy is not yet defined, it is expected that those sexually assaulted by Diocese employees as an adult, as well as the estates of deceased victims, will be able to file claims.

The April 15 deadline is a strict filing deadline set by the Court and will not likely be extended by the Court for any reason.  Therefore, you should contact us immediately for a free and confidential consultation about your legal options as a survivor of abuse in the Syracuse Diocese.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Syracuse and throughout New York State.  The Diocese of Syracuse filed for federal bankruptcy protection in June 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Syracuse may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines have been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Syracuse will never be able to take against against the Diocese of Syracuse if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.

Fr. Joseph M. Ploeckl – Diocese of Syracuse

Father Joseph M. Ploeckl

Diocese of SyracuseJoseph M. Ploeckl

Ordained: Unknown

Dead: 1995

Assignment History:

  • 1970s: St. Mary (Utica, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph M. Ploeckl:

The Diocese of Syracuse filed for bankruptcy on June 19, 2020, due to over 40 child sex abuse lawsuits that keep surfacing. Among the names listed was Fr. Joseph M. Ploeckl of Utica, NY. Fr. Ploeckl was accused of sexually abusing a minor from approximately 1970 to 1971 at St. Mary in Utica, NY. Fr. Ploeckl died in 1995, 25 years before allegations surfaced.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Syracuse in New York.  The Diocese of Syracuse filed for federal bankruptcy protection in June 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Syracuse may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Syracuse will never be able to take any legal action if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

James Francis Purtell – Diocese of Syracuse

James Francis Purtell

Diocese of Syracuse/Lay Teacher

Assignment History:

1970s-1980s: St. John the Evangelist (Binghamton, NY)

1970s-1980s: Seton Catholic Central (Binghamton, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against James Francis Purtell:

James Francis Purtell has recently been accused of sexually abusing two children at St. John the Evangelist and Seton Catholic Central in Binghamton, NY. One victim was allegedly abused from 1979 to 1984, and another from approximately 1977 to 1982. Purtell taught at both schools, and both children were his students. He is believed to be still residing in the Binghamton area.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Syracuse in New York.  The Diocese of Syracuse filed for federal bankruptcy protection in June 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Syracuse may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Syracuse will never be able to take any legal action if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. L. Peter Paige – Diocese of Syracuse

Father L. Peter Paige

Diocese of SyracuseL. Peter Paige Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 1961-1965: St. John the Baptist (Rome, NY)
  • 1966-1972: Our Lady of Pompei (Syracuse, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father L. Peter Paige:

The Diocese of Syracuse filed for bankruptcy on June 19, 2020, due to over 40 child sex abuse lawsuits that keep surfacing. Among the names listed was Fr. L. Peter Paige of Syracuse, NY. Fr. Paige was accused of sexually abusing a minor from approximately 1969 to 1970 at Our Lady of Pompei Parish in Syracuse, NY. There is no information listed as to his current whereabouts or whether or not he is in contact with children.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Syracuse in New York.  The Diocese of Syracuse filed for federal bankruptcy protection in June 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Syracuse may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Syracuse will never be able to take any legal action if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. William J. Kiefer – Diocese of Syracuse

Father William J. Kiefer

Diocese of SyracuseWilliam J. Kiefer Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1930s-1940s

Dead: 1990

Assignment History:

  • 1940s: St. Paul Parish (Oswego, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father William J. Kiefer:

The Diocese of Syracuse filed for bankruptcy on June 19, 2020, due to over 40 child sex abuse lawsuits that keep surfacing. Among the names listed was Fr. William J. Kiefer of Oswego, NY. Fr. Kiefer was accused of sexually abusing a minor from approximately 1945 to 1946 at St. Paul Parish in Oswego, NY. Fr. William J. Kiefer died in 1990, 30 years before allegations surfaced. Claims are under investigation.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Syracuse in New York.  The Diocese of Syracuse filed for federal bankruptcy protection in June 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Syracuse may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Syracuse will never be able to take any legal action if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Syracuse Diocese sex abuse

Diocese of Syracuse files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Earlier today, the Diocese of Syracuse in New York filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Citing the increasing cost of clergy sex abuse lawsuits and the budget challenges of the coronavirus shutdown of church services, the Diocese of Syracuse joined an increasing number of dioceses seeking financial protection under Chapter 11, including the neighboring dioceses in Rochester and Buffalo.

Bishop Douglas Lucia said bankruptcy would give the church a chance to reorganize and continue operating while addressing the number of sexual abuse claims made against its priests. He admitted the church cannot afford the high cost of litigation of the increasing number of clergy sex abuse claims.

It is a common misconception that a Chapter 11 filing means an entity, like the Diocese of Syracuse, has run out of money, leaving sexual abuse claimants without any recourse.  But that is not true.  The claim is simply decided in an alternative process run by the federal bankruptcy court, rather than by a jury trial in state court.  The amounts paid to survivors in a bankruptcy filing are often much less than in a traditional court case, however.

However, the Syracuse Diocese bankruptcy filing is not without its critic, and rightfully so.  Horowitz Law represents survivors of sexual abuse by clergy of the Diocese of Syracuse.  Attorney Adam Horowitz said, “Bankruptcy is the latest ploy by the Catholic Church to reduce its legal exposure for covering up clergy sexual abuse nationwide.  In a bankruptcy proceeding the Church can also conceal evidence of its neglect in the handling of sexually abusive priests.”

Another advantage to the Diocese is the right to be free of additional sexual abuse litigation indefinitely once the case closes.  Once a claims filing deadline has been set by the court, that will be the very last chance most survivors of clergy sexual abuse and exploitation will ever have to get some measure of accountability for what happened to them.  After that date passes, the Diocese will not be subject to liability for any additional claims that arose before the bankruptcy filing, even if other laws would otherwise a lawsuit to be filed, like a change in the statute of limitations.  So it is critically important that you not delay in contacting us today.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of children who were sexually abused by clergy of all religious denominations, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy claims.  If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a clergy member or employee of the Diocese of Syracuse, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Fr. Paul Angelicchio – Diocese of Syracuse

Father Paul Angelicchio

Diocese of Syracuse

Paul Angelicchio Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1977

Removed: 2016, 2019

Known Assignments in the Diocese of Syracuse:

  • St. John the Baptist (Rome, NY)
  • Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peter (Syracuse, NY)
  • Holy Family (Syracuse, NY)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes (Syracuse, NY)
  • Chaplain, Syracuse Police Department

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Paul Angelicchio:

In 2016, the Diocese of Syracuse suspended Fr. Paul Angelicchio after he was accused of molesting a boy in the late 1980s.  The victim alleged that Angelicchio abused him in tandem with two other priests, Fr. James Quinn and Fr. Charles Eckermann.  Less than a month after his removal, the Diocese of Syracuse said the allegations against Angelicchio were unsubstantiated during an internal investigation and he was returned to ministry.

In 2019, a second man came forward and alleged that he too was sexually abused by Angelicchio in the 1980s.  This time, the man said that Angelicchio raped him multiple times from 1980 to 1981, when the victim was in fifth grade.  At the time of the abuse, Angelicchio was assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes in Syracuse.

Angelicchio was suspended from ministry due to the second allegation in November 2019.  He was returned to ministry after the Diocese again concluded, after an internal investigation, that it could not substantiate the claim.  Angelicchio was returned to ministry at St. John the Baptist in Rome in February 2020.

Both men have now filed lawsuits against the Diocese of Syracuse under the new Child Victims Act in New York State.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Syracuse in New York.  The Diocese of Syracuse filed for federal bankruptcy protection in June 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Syracuse may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Syracuse will never be able to take any legal action if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.