After four years of negotiations the Catholic Church in Los Angeles has finalised a financial settlement with some 500 people who say they were abused by members of the clergy. It dwarfs other landmark payouts by the Church in America in recent years. The settlement was announced just as the first in a series of related trials was due to begin. A lawyer unveiled the details:
“A settlement of the Los Angeles Archdiocese clergy abuse cases on behalf of the 508 victims for 660 million dollars. That money will be paid to the victims on or before December 1 of this year.”
But many of those who will receive payments were angry that the head of the Church in the area, Cardinal Roger Malony, would not have to testify in court. They accuse the Catholic hierarchy of doing nothing to combat the problem of abusive priests and, in some cases, even protecting them. On Sunday Cardinal Mahoney offered a public apology to victims.