Bishop Robert Cunningham announced the program in February It was initially expected to conclude in the fall, but officials said some victims took additional time to decide whether to accept offers by the IRCP. A total of 88 people applied to the program for compensation.
Settlements and bankruptcies in Catholic sex abuse cases have affected several American dioceses, whose compensation payments have totaled in the billions of dollars. According to Donald Cozzens"by the end of the mid s, it was estimated that Citing monetary concerns arising from impending trials on sex abuse claims, the Archdiocese of Portland Oregon filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 6,hours before two abuse trials were set to begin, becoming the first Roman Catholic diocese to file for bankruptcy.
Continuing revelations about sexual abuse by priests and other clergy have led to thousands of lawsuits against the Catholic Church in recent years. While other denominations have also been implicated in sexual abuse scandals, the Catholic Church has been at the forefront of media stories given its size, influence and ability to hide the actions of perpetrators within its ranks. See the full list of priests accused of sexual abuse in the U.
Jump to navigation. The U. That figure is based on a three-month investigation of data, including a review of more than 7, articles gleaned from LexisNexis Academic and NCR databases, as well as information from BishopAccountability.
Tom Gjelten. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1, child victims in records in six Roman Catholic dioceses. Sixteen years after an investigation in Boston highlighted the dimensions of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic priesthood, the financial and reputational cost to the Catholic church continues to grow.
The victims were repeatedly abused by Angelo Serrano, 67, who taught catechism classes and helped organize the religious education programs at St. The abuse occurred inside the church, in Mr. The settlement comes amid a flurry of investigations — including a New York State civil investigation — and disclosures of sex abuse within the Catholic Church that have led to mounting pressure on Pope Francis to take action against bishops and cardinals for their role in the abuse crisis.
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At least 19 Catholic dioceses nationwide have filed for bankruptcy to help cover the bills. The recent Pennsylvania grand jury report on priest sexual abuse in that state and the resignation of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick amid allegations he sexually abused young boys, seminarians and priests have increased pressure on the Catholic Church to be more transparent about settlements. Payouts to alleged sex abuse victims: Exact amount unknown.
Last week, Pope Francis expelled a priest and accepted the resignation of two bishops, all of whom were accused of abuse in Chile. In Pennsylvania, where a grand-jury report recently alleged 1, children were abused by clergy over a year period, bishops announced they would support a fund to compensate victims. This last move—variously referred to as reparation, compensation, or retribution—may seem like a refreshingly concrete bit of help for the victims.