Diocese settles for $21 million in sex scandal


Diocese settles for $21 million in sex scandal

October 17, 2003|By Items compiled from Tribune news services

From the link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-10-17/news/0310170437_1_million-settlement-entire-diocese-bishop-william-lori

BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT — The Bridgeport diocese announced a $21 million settlement Thursday with 40 people who said priests molested them when they were children, and the bishop publicly apologized to the victims.

The payout is among the largest by a U.S. diocese since the scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church broke in Boston in 2002.

“Let me express my personal remorse and the remorse of the entire diocese for the harm that was caused in the lives of so many individuals,” Bishop William Lori said.

He said all but one of the 16 priests named in the settlement are no longer active in the church. One was accused of misconduct with a 17-year-old woman 25 years ago and is not considered a threat to children, church officials said. Three of the priests are dead.

The settlement is the second in two years for the diocese. It previously reached settlements totaling $16.7 million and involving 47 claims of sexual abuse, church officials said.

Also this year, the diocese of Manchester, N.H., reached a $6.5 million settlement with 61 people; the archdiocese of Louisville agreed to pay $25.7 million to 243 people; and the Boston archdiocese reached a tentative $85 million settlement with 552 people.

Lawyers in Boston said Thursday they are confident that 80 percent of the alleged victims will accept the archdiocese’s settlement offer by the Oct. 23 deadline.

 

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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