The Catholic Church in Los Angeles is reported to have agreed to a record compensation deal for people alleging sexual abuse by priests.
A settlement equivalent to 478 million euros would be the biggest such payout since the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the US in 2002.
Victims’ groups say money was never the main objective.
“No resolution, guilty verdict or settlement magically takes away the pain of having been raped or molested by Catholic priests in this archdiocese,” said Mary Grant of the ‘Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests.’
“No amount of money or guilty verdicts will give back childhoods to those kids who lost theirs.”
No official announcement has been made on the amount involved. Today’s reports come on the eve of a court case involving the first of over 500 claims faced by the archdiocese, which is the largest in the United States.
Parishioners have already been told its main administrative building, as well as possibly 50 other church properties, will be sold to raise funds for a settlement.