Calling a $26 million compensation deal proposed by the Diocese of Camden “patently unfair,” lawyers for sexual abuse survivors accuse the diocese of financial mismanagement and hiding assets.

One year after the diocese filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in response to hundreds of suits by alleged clergy sexual abuse victims, the gloves are coming off in the case between the diocese and the abuse claimants.

Jerrold Poslusny Jr., U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for the District of New Jersey. Photo: Dennis Degnan