Under the weight of debt and pending litigation from clerical sex abuse cases, the Tucson Diocese filed for bankruptcy protection Sept. 20, 2004. According to its financial statement, the diocese had $4.65 million in long-term debt and a $7 million deficit in unrestricted net assets as of June 30, 2004. The diocese, which serves some 350,000 Catholics in 75 parishes, settled 11 lawsuits filed by 16 plaintiffs in 2002. It was facing at least 22 more lawsuits at the time of the bankruptcy filing.