Comments made by Catholic legislators in New Mexico in support of abortion and physician-assisted suicide "do not represent" church teaching and "may be confusing to the Catholic faithful," said the state's Catholic bishops.
The diocese and insurers will fund a trust of approximately $23 million; after fees and costs, about $19 million will go to most of the 57 abuse claimants.
After weeks full of delays, attorneys for the Gallup diocese filed its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court March 21.
Reaching an agreement with the abuse claimants is a major step toward achieving a consensual plan of reorganization for the diocese, which filed its Chapter 11 petition on Nov. 12, 2013.
Celebrations in Gallup, N.M., have proven to be few and subdued as the legacy of clergy sex abuse continues to cast a long shadow across the diocese.
A federal judge Friday struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing it violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process.
A day earlier the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that barring same-sex couples from marrying violates the equal protection clause of that state's constitution.