A joint status conference was held in the District Court today related to the clergy sex abuse cases filed against the Archdiocese of Agana.

As we reported, Thursday was the deadline for all sexual proofs of claims to be filed with the federal court.

The final tally of sexual abuse complaints filed was 262. In January

the Church filed for bankruptcy with Archbishop Michael Byrnes at the time saying the motivation for the filing is the desire to bring the greatest measure of justice and consolation to those who have suffered at the hands of the clergy.

The Church believes that Chapter 11 Reorganization will achieve the best possible result for compensation for all the victims. Now that the claims have been filed the next step is mediation with the Archdiocese's insurers, abuse claimants and their legal representatives.

As reported Federal Bankruptcy Judge Robert Faris will be here in October to begin the mediation process.