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#166978 - 07/16/07 02:05 PM Apologies/compensation from the Church
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Just picked up the following from the BBC, which has a lot of other ancillary stories if you want to check their website:

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LA cardinal offers abuse apology

The Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles has apologised to hundreds of people abused by priests after agreeing to a record-breaking settlement.


The apology by Cardinal Roger Mahony, the Church's leader, comes after the 508 victims reached a pay-out deal with the church worth $660m (£324m).

Attorneys for both sides will appear in court on Monday to finalise the deal.

The deal was reached just before a series of trials into sex claims dating back to the 1940s were to begin.

"I have come to understand far more deeply than I ever could the impact of this terrible sin and crime that has affected their lives," Cardinal Mahony told a news conference, confirming the compensation deal.

"There really is no way to go back and give them that innocence that was taken from them. The one thing I wish I could give the victims... I cannot.

"Once again, I apologise to anyone who has been offended, who has been abused. It should not have happened, and it will not happen again," Cardinal Mahony said.

'Transparency critical'

The agreement, if approved by a judge, will settle all 15 upcoming paedophilia trials against the Los Angeles archdiocese and avoids the threat of Cardinal Mahony being forced to testify about how the Church dealt with abuses spanning the 1940s to 1990s.

Los Angeles diocese records released in the past revealed that for decades priests accused of child sex abuse were simply moved to new assignments or provided with therapy, Church leaders believing that they could be rehabilitated.

The settlement also calls for the release of confidential priest personnel files, said Ray Boucher, the victims' main lawyer.

"Transparency is a critical part of this and of all resolutions," he said.

Steven Sanchez, a plaintiff in the case, said he was both relieved and disappointed by the outcome.

"I was really emotionally ready to take on the archdiocese in court in less than 48 hours, but I'm glad all victims are going to be compensated," he said.

"I hope all victims will find some type of healing in this process."

Insurance claim

The $660m-deal dwarfs the $157m settlement paid out by the diocese of Boston following a child sex scandal which became public in 2002.

The Los Angeles payment, which amounts to an average of $1.3m for each plaintiff, takes the total paid out by US dioceses to $2bn since 1950, with Los Angeles paying about one quarter of that.

Los Angeles is the country's most populous Catholic diocese, serving more than three million parishioners, but the scandal has brought the archdiocese close to financial ruin.

According to Church lawyers the diocese is likely to pay $250m in cash, the rest of the sum being covered by insurance and payments by religious orders.

Earlier this year, Cardinal Mahoney told parishioners in an open letter that the Church would sell its 12-storey administrative building and was considering the sale of about 50 other non-essential properties to raise funds.

The abuse has also severely dented confidence in the Church and its leaders, the BBC's Peter Bowes in Los Angeles says.

'Stolen childhood'

David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said while it was the largest settlement by the Church, money was not the key objective for victims.

"No settlement, no amount of money, can restore the shattered trust and the stolen childhoods and the betrayed faith of people who were wounded by abusive priests and by complicit bishops," he said.

"But, having said that, certainly this represents a tremendous achievement by these brave survivors, who somehow found the strength to come forward, report the crimes, get legal help, expose the predators and ultimately endure a pretty long, gruelling legal process."

Since 2002 nearly 1,000 people have filed such claims against the Roman Catholic Church in California alone.

In February 2004, a report commissioned by the Church said more than 4,000 Roman Catholic priests in the US had faced sexual abuse allegations in the last 50 years.



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#167051 - 07/16/07 09:25 PM Re: Apologies/compensation from the Church [Re: roadrunner]
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"In February 2004, a report commissioned by the Church said more than 4,000 Roman Catholic priests in the US had faced sexual abuse allegations in the last 50 years."


If any other organization in the world had that statistic attached to it...would it still be allowed to operate?

And since Mahoney knew of the allegations and moved them from parish to parish...why isn't he being charged for each...with child endangerment?


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#167083 - 07/16/07 11:57 PM Re: Apologies/compensation from the Church [Re: ttoon]
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4000? 4 fukin thousand.

I hope the is a god so that they truely GO to
HELL

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#167110 - 07/17/07 03:24 AM Re: Apologies/compensation from the Church [Re: ttoon]
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Originally Posted By: ttoon
"In February 2004, a report commissioned by the Church said more than 4,000 Roman Catholic priests in the US had faced sexual abuse allegations in the last 50 years."


If any other organization in the world had that statistic attached to it...would it still be allowed to operate?

And since Mahoney knew of the allegations and moved them from parish to parish...why isn't he being charged for each...with child endangerment?


Good questions! I wonder what the answers are.

Much love,
Larry

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#167846 - 07/19/07 11:18 PM Re: Apologies/compensation from the Church [Re: roadrunner]
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While I appreciate Cardinal Mahony's sentiments of care and concern for the victims, I have little sympathy for him and see his apologies as too little, too late. Wasn't he responsible for seeing that priests get disciplined? Didn't he help cover this all up? If not, then I stand corrected, but I believe he was the one there and was responsible for allowing this to go on -- even covering it up -- for decades. I hope this is a real change for Mr. Mahony's archdiocese and not just deathbed repentance.

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#167851 - 07/19/07 11:45 PM Re: Apologies/compensation from the Church [Re: Chain Breaker]
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The secret is in the sauce, guys. Cardinal Mahony's (and the church's) decision has nothing to do with a feeling of regret or sympathy for the victims and everything to do with the fact that

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The agreement... avoids the threat of Cardinal Mahony being forced to testify about how the Church dealt with abuses spanning the 1940s to 1990s.

Bottom line is that it's the cheapest and least revealing way out of the problem.

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