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NEWS: California Clergy Abuse Settlement Record $100 Million

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posted on Dec, 3 2004 @ 07:41 PM
No this is not a lottery winner, though the sum awarded in this case could be compared to those who have won the lottery. Today a record $100 Million abuse settlement was reached between the Roman Catholic Doicese of Orange County California and 87 alleged victims, and families. At a time when many turn to faith to understand the stress of human existance the Catholic church is forced to pay record sums of monies to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of those who were there to but share the word of God. This record settlement overshadows the previous record of $85 Million awarded to 552 victims of clergy abuse in Boston in 2003. Full Article

LOS ANGELES Dec 3, 2004 — A record-breaking, $100-million clergy sex abuse settlement between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and 87 plaintiffs brought some measure of relief to long-suffering families Friday, but legal experts differed over whether the blockbuster deal would help resolve a huge backlog of cases in California.

The agreement, reached late Thursday and expected to be finalized as soon as Monday, surpasses the previous record of $85 million awarded to 552 victims of clergy abuse in Boston in 2003, a participant in settlement negotiations said.

The Associated Press has learned the settlement involving the Orange County Diocese is worth $100 million.

It wasn't clear how much of the settlement insurers would pay and how much the diocese would provide, but church officials said the deal would not bankrupt the diocese or require the closure of any of its 55 parishes.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

The judge in this case has prohibited lawyers in the case from discussing the amount of the settlement.

However the news of this massive record breaking settlement could not be hidden from the news media.

The sexual abuse of children at the hands of priests within the catholic church is not a new issue. It has been the source of many legal actions some known some kept hidden for many years.

Is this a part of the strict system within the church that prohibits priests from marrying?

The vow of celibacy is required among all priests. Could this be the problem?

Or do pedophiles join the priesthood because they believe they can have easy access to victims there?

Either way this issue it seems will not be ignored or hidden any longer by the Catholic Church, and it is one that has come to the church at great cost on many lelvels.

[edit on 3-12-2004 by UM_Gazz]


posted on Dec, 3 2004 @ 07:59 PM
It is truely sad when a good religion is given a bad name by its clergy. It happens in every religion and it is truely that saddest thing in the world.

posted on Dec, 3 2004 @ 11:15 PM
Sad story.

Asking a man to give up women FOREVER is past comprehension to me. Give up a lot of things but not women. I've known many Priests. All fine guys. I still can not imagine any sane man giving up women. Women have a special something (other than sex, O.K.) that men can never have. Sure there might be a divorce once in awhile but women perceive in a special way no man could no matter how much he tries.

If the Catholic Church doesn't make some major changes it is headed for self-destruction. Some day some parent is going to go off the deep end and 'all hell' will break loose and it won't be a court settlement.


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