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Full title: Order Granting in part, Denying in part Motion For Protective Order Concerning Discovery in the J.W. Doe and James Doe Actions, and/or for an Order Permitting the Debtor to Seek Approval of a Protective Order in the District Court and to Attend Depositions Without Waiving the Protections of the Automatic Stay (RE: related document(s)599 Motion for Protective Order filed by Debtor The Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of New Orleans) Signed on December 14, 2020. (Nunnery, J.) (Entered: 12/14/2020)

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Chapter 11 ORDER On December 11, 2020, the Court held an expedited telephonic hearing to consider Debtor’s Expedited Motion for Protective Order Concerning Discovery in the J.W. Doe and James Doe Actions, and/or for an Order Permitting the Debtor To Seek Approval of a Protective Order in the District Court and To Attend Depositions Without Waiving the Protections of the Automatic Stay (the “Motion”), [ECF Doc.599], and the opposition to the Motion filed by J.W. Doe and James Doe, [ECF Doc.The Court finds that participation by the Debtor in the negotiation of a protective order concerning discovery and depositions to occur in Case Nos.Because, at this stage in the Debtor’s bankruptcy case, this Court does not exercise jurisdiction over the Abuse Cases, as they are currently pending in the District Court, the task of staging discovery in those cases in such a way that will permit the movants to depose the Non-Debtor Defendant Priests—without impairing the interests of the Debtor—rests with the District Court judges assigned to the State Court Actions. Therefore, this Court denies the Motion to the extent it asks this Court to enter a protective order governing discovery in those cases.

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UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA In re: ) ) Case No. 20-10846 THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ) THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS ) Section “A” ) Debtor. ) Chapter 11 ORDER On December 11, 2020, the Court held an expedited telephonic hearing to consider Debtor’s Expedited Motion for Protective Order Concerning Discovery in the J.W. Doe and James Doe Actions, and/or for an Order Permitting the Debtor To Seek Approval of a Protective Order in the District Court and To Attend Depositions Without Waiving the Protections of the Automatic Stay (the “Motion”), [ECF Doc. 599], and the opposition to the Motion filed by J.W. Doe and James Doe, [ECF Doc. 619]. Based on the pleadings, the exhibits to the pleadings, the arguments of counsel, and applicable law, and for the reasons stated on the record, IT IS ORDERED that: 1. The Motion is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. 2. The Court finds that participation by the Debtor in the negotiation of a protective order concerning discovery and depositions to occur in Case Nos. 20-1321 and 20-1338, currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (the “Abuse Cases”) does not constitute a waiver of the automatic stay applicable in this case by 11 U.S.C. § 362(a). 3. Because, at this stage in the Debtor’s bankruptcy case, this Court does not exercise jurisdiction over the Abuse Cases, as they are currently pending in the District Court, the task of

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staging discovery in those cases in such a way that will permit the movants to depose the Non-Debtor Defendant Priests—without impairing the interests of the Debtor—rests with the District Court judges assigned to the State Court Actions. Therefore, this Court denies the Motion to the extent it asks this Court to enter a protective order governing discovery in those cases. New Orleans, Louisiana, December 14, 2020. MEREDITH S. GRABILL UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY JUDGE

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