Clergy abuse victims settle with Twin Cities archdiocese for record $210M 

[I don’t know on what planet His Excellency is, but the cost of the settlement ultimately falls in one way or another  (out-of-pocket and/or loss of services) on the Catholic in the pew; also, the victims’ lawyers get the typical 1/3 to 1/2 contingency-fee cut of the settlement! – AQ Tom]
Catholic World News – 6/1/18
Editor’s Note: The settlement, if approved by a bankruptcy court, will be the largest of its kind in US history and will establish a trust fund for 450 victims. “While today marks the end of a difficult period for many, today really signals a new beginning,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda said in a statement. “The completion of the bankruptcy process allows pursuit of a new day that has many realities – atonement, healing and restoration of trust.”
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5 comments on “Clergy abuse victims settle with Twin Cities archdiocese for record $210M 

  1. The bishops need to be more serious about making sure that perverts are not admitted to seminaries and are not ordained as Catholic priests. Although the Pope recently gave some lip service on that topic, in other respects he has been something of a liability on the issue.

  2. [“For the record”: From the National un-Catholic Reporter]
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    Catholic dioceses and orders that filed for bankruptcy and other major settlements
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    May 31, 2018 – by NCR Staff Accountability
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    Over the last 14 years, 19 Catholic dioceses and religious orders in the United States have filed for bankruptcy protection because of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, according to the watchdog group Bishopsaccountability.org.
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    Following is the list of dioceses and orders, the dates they filed for bankruptcy and the amount they eventually agreed to pay and the number of abuse survivors
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    Archdiocese of Portland Oregon — filed 7/6/04 — $75 million settlement. At the time the archdiocese filed for bankruptcy, almost 170 people had filed suits alleging abuse.
    Diocese of Tucson, Arizona — 9/20/04 — $22.2 million. At least 26 victims
    Diocese of Spokane, Washington — 12/6/04 — $48 million. About 175 victims
    Diocese of Davenport, Iowa — 10/10/06 — $37 million. 156 victims
    Diocese of San Diego, California — 2/27/07 — $198 million. 144 victims
    Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska — 3/1/08 — $9.8 million. Around 300 victims
    Oregon Province of the Jesuits — 2/17/09 — $166 million. Nearly 500 victims
    Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware — 10/18/09 — $77 million. 142 victims
    Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin — 1/4/11 — $21 million. 330 victims were expected to be compensated
    Congregation of the Christian Brothers — 4/28/11 — $16.5 million. More than 400 victims
    Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico — 11/12/13 — $22 million. About 57 victims
    Diocese of Stockton, California — 1/15/14 — $15 million.
    Diocese of Helena, Montana — 1/31/14 — $20 million. 362 claims
    Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota — 1/16/15 — $210 million. Around 400 victims
    Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota — 12/7/15 — Ongoing
    Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota — 3/3/17 — Ongoing
    Diocese of Great Falls-Billings Montana — 3/31/17 — $20 million. 86 victims (pending the approval of the judge)
    Crosier Fathers and Brothers Minnesota & Arizona — 6/1/17 — $25 million. Over 400 victims
    Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota — intention announced 2/28/18 — Ongoing
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    Other settlements and awards
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    Since the mid-1980s Catholic dioceses and religious orders have paid out nearly $3 billion in out of court settlements and court orders awards, according to the watchdog group Bishopaccountability.org. Following is a list of the major awards and settlements since 2000, the amount paid out and the number of victims.
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    2000-03-15 — Santa Rosa, California — $1.6 million — 4

    2000-12-04 — Los Angeles, California — $5.2 million — 1

    2001-03-08 — Bridgeport, Connecticut — $15 million — 26

    2001-12 — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — $5 million — 1

    2002-01-30 — Tucson, Arizona — $14 million — 11

    2002-04-01 — Orange and LA, California — $1.2million — 1

    2002-06 — Los Angeles, California — $1.5 million — 1

    2002-06-14 — Omaha, Nebraska — $800.000 — 1

    2002-08-23 — Orange, California — $400.000 — 1

    2002-09-04 — Los Gatos, California – Jesuits — $7.5 million — 2

    2002-09-09 — Providence, Rhode Island — $13.5 million — 36

    2002-09-18 — Boston, Massachusetts — $10 million — 86

    2002-10-10 — Manchester, New Hampshire — $950.000 — 16

    2002-11-26 — Manchester, New Hampshire — $5.1 million — 62

    2003-01-09 — Boston, Massachusetts (Jesuits) — $5.8 million — 15

    2003-01-29 — Metuchen, New Jersey — $800,000 — 10

    2003-03-13 — Camden, New Jersey — $880,000 — 23

    2003-05-08 — Manchester, New Hampshire — $815.000 — 4

    2003-05-22 — Manchester, New Hampshire — $6.5 million — 61

    2003-05-22 — Manchester, New Hampshire — $2.1 million — 33

    2003-06-10 — Louisville, Kentucky — $25.7 million — 243

    2003-06-30 — San Bernardino, California — $4.2 million — 2

    2003-07-01 — Chicago, Illinois — $1.9 million — 1

    2003-07-10 — Chicago, Illinois — $4 million — 4

    2003-08-14 — Tucson, Arizona — $1.8 million — 5

    2003-09-09 — Boston, Massachusetts — $84.2 million — 552

    2003-09-11 — Seattle, Washington — $7.9 million — 15

    2003-10-02 — Chicago, Illinois — $8 million — 15

    2003-10-11 — Covington, Kentucky — $5.2 million — 27

    2003-10-16 — Bridgeport, Connecticut — $21million — 40

    2003-11-24 — Oakland, California — $1 million — 1

    2003-12-04 — Covington, Kentucky — $1million — 5

  3. This is unbelievable! To think that the stumblebums running things in sunny nuovo romo have extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from the hard-working, rosary-bearing men and women in the pews to fuel their dastardly deeds is absolutly incredible. To think that our beloved Church Militant is in the hands of such men is also hard to believe but the words of Bella Dodd re: the infiltration of the church by such creeps who have ascended to positions of leadership ring true. Find a modern-day catacomb and worship there -not in the newchurch of the Argentinian.

  4. Colonel, the erudite Hilary White has made several comments about the high probability of avarice as a controlling factor in int’l political and institutional decisions rolled out by this here papacy. I cannot disagree with her.
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    There’s no small number of gazzilionaire leftists willing and able to fund front men and insidious organizations intent on the ruin of the Church.

  5. Oh, and I refer you to my comments from years ago on today’s bishops coming from a pool of candidates composed of those repeatedly dropped on their heads as children.
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    There are, Deo gratias!, exceptions but the thesis warrants investigation! 😎

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