Bishop Stephen E. Blaire issued a news release Monday saying he had reached the decision after six months of careful consideration and prayer.
The bishop did not directly detail the diocese' financial problems but did say the process will allow the church to fairly compensate victims of sexual abuse while continuing to minister to the people in the parishes they administer.
Parish administrator for St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 163 W. Eaton Ave., Jennifer Overby said Monday the bankruptcy filing will have no effect on the Tracy church because each parish is incorporated separately.
According to Blaire, the Stockton diocese will formally file for bankruptcy Wednesday, Jan. 15.
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