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Ursulines ask to bring diocese back to state court

By The Associated Press
Published On: Apr 22 2014 01:54:41 PM MDT
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HELENA, Mont. -

An order of nuns being sued for child sex abuse wants to bring the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena back into state court.

Attorneys for the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province say they may seek to have the diocese to pay for part of any judgment that goes against the order.

They want a judge to lift a stay in legal proceedings against the diocese granted when it filed for federal bankruptcy protection.

The Ursulines and the diocese are being sued by 362 alleged abuse victims from the 1940s to the 1970s.

The bankruptcy is part of a proposed settlement with the victims. The Ursulines are not part of the settlement.

The diocese opposes the Ursulines' request. Attorney Ford Elsaesser said Tuesday the settlement will take care of all claims against the diocese.