Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wilmington Diocese Pays $77M Abuse Settlement; RC Church Paid $2B to US Victims in Past Decade

The Reuters website reports today (February 3, 2011) that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware has agreed to settle 142 claims of sexual abuse by priests for $77 million.

The settlement is roughly $3 million higher than the diocese proposed in mid-January, when it said payouts would likely range from $75,000 to $3 million per victim, depending on the severity of the alleged abuse.

The Wilmington diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2009 due to mounting sex abuse claims.

In the United States, Roman Catholic archdioceses have collectively paid some $2 billion in settlements to victims, since the priest sex scandals first erupted in Boston nearly a decade ago.

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