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A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a plan for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings to pay $20 million to 86 people who said clergy sexually assaulted them when they were children. The bankruptcy plan was approved Tuesday in Butte.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls and Billings reached a $20 million settlement agreement Friday with more than 80 people who say they were sexually abused by clergy as children, according to attorneys in the case.

In 1988, when you were a young Catholic priest, the child sex abuse scandal hit. You urged cooperation, not confrontation, but the church took a different path. Now, you’re a bishop and the scandal explodes in your diocese. What do you do? Bishop George Thomas is the guest on this week's "Home Ground Radio".