The bankruptcy falls on the eve of a civil trial involving sex abuse.
The bishop of the diocese said the move offered the best chance for victims of sexual abuse to be treated fairly.
He said that talks with the eight victims bringing Monday’s case had broken down, and there were fears that too large a settlement would leave the diocese without sufficient resources to compensate another 133 people with outstanding claims.
WTF?? 133 claims??? Why I think sexual abuse cases are horrific, but 133 of them? If its true the story should be here, if its not true, the story should be here. 133 claims for one diocese, that is some very busy priests.
Wilmington is the seventh diocese to seek bankruptcy protection since an abuse scandal in Boston archdiocese in 2002.
It has so far paid out $6.2m to settle sexual abuse cases and has settled with other victims who did not go to court.
The largest pay-out to date was by the Los Angeles archdiocese, which settled 508 cases with $660m in July 2007.