- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of a building owned by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Judge Robert Kressel on Thursday approved the sale of the Hayden Center to the Minnesota Historical Society for $4.5 million. It’s the first of four real estate holdings expected to be sold by the archdiocese this year.

The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy protection last January, saying it couldn’t pay for mounting claims filed by people who said they were sexually abused by clergy.

The Diocese of Duluth also filed for bankruptcy protection last month, after it was found responsible for $4.8 million in damages to one victim of clergy sexual abuse. The judge gave victims in that diocese until May 25 to submit claims.

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