Magazine article The Christian Century

Boston Archdiocese to Pay $85 Million

Magazine article The Christian Century

Boston Archdiocese to Pay $85 Million

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The Archdiocese of Boston will seek mostly loan money to pay its $85 million settlement with 552 victims of clergy sexual abuse, the largest settlement in the history of the U.S. Catholic Church, according to media reports in Boston. Church officials stud they would pay for psychological treatment for victims for as long as they request it. The church also agreed to name victims to advisory boards, including one that handles complaints against priests.

The agreement was announced on September 9, two days after newly installed Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley sat in on six hours of negotiations with victims' lawyers. The Boston Herald and the Associated Press said victims who participate in the settlement will receive between $80,000 and $300,000. Parents who sued could get $20,000.

O'Malley reiterated on September 10 the archdiocese's pledge not to use parish collections, but told AP that the church might consider selling more of its real estate.

The $85 million figure is higher than the $55 million initially offered by the church and lower than the $90 million to $120 million demanded by victims, who represent nearly half of the alleged victims in the abuse scandal.

O'Malley, who took office on July 30, had made a quick settlement of the cases a priority for his tenure. …

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