February 1, 2014 Comments Off on Catholic diocese to file for bankruptcy protection
Catholic diocese to file for bankruptcy protection
Matt Volz, Associated Press January 31, 2014
HELENA, Montana (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena planned to file for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed settlement of $15 million for hundreds of victims who say clergy members sexually abused them over decades while the church covered it up.
Diocese spokesman Dan Bartleson said the bankruptcy reorganization plan comes after confidential mediation sessions with the plaintiffs’ attorneys and insurers, resulting in the deals to resolve the abuse claims.
The settlement details are being worked out, but the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Montana would be responsible for approving and supervising the disbursement of $15 million to compensate the 362 victims identified in the two lawsuits.
In addition, at least $2.5 million will be set aside for victims who come forward later, Bartleson said….
The Helena diocese is the 11th in the nation to seek bankruptcy protection in the face of sex-abuse claims
The two lawsuits filed in 2011 claim clergy members groomed and then abused the children from the 1940s to the 1970s. They claim the diocese shielded the offenders and knew or should have known the threat they posed to children….
In one of the lawsuits, the plaintiffs said they were repeatedly raped, fondled or forced to perform sexual acts while at school, on the playground, on camping trips or at the victims’ homes.
The second lawsuit, filed a week after the first in 2011, contained similar allegations against priests, but also alleged that nuns at the Ursuline Academy in St. Ignatius abused dozens of Native American children….
February 4, 2011 Comments Off on Clergy abuse in Delaware: Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, survivors settle suits
Clergy abuse in Delaware: Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, survivors settle suits – Framework would set aside $77.4M to pay abuse claims By SEAN O’SULLIVAN The News Journal February 3, 2011
WILMINGTON — Attorneys representing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and survivors of priest abuse reached a $77.4 million lawsuit settlement Wednesday night following a marathon negotiating session.
Some details are yet to be worked out, but both sides announced around 9 p.m. that a general framework that sets aside $77,425,000 in a trust to pay survivor claims was hammered out along with a number of non-monetary conditions, including the release of files related to abusive priests.
Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly and some survivors of priest sexual abuse were part of the lengthy negotiations.
“After a seven-year fight, we are on our way to a fair compensation for survivors. This is an average payment of $530,000 for each survivor,” said attorney Thomas Neuberger, who represents the majority of the approximately 150 plaintiffs with claims against either the diocese or one of its parishes….
“Due to our long court battle, there has now been more public exposure of church child abuse, misdeeds and evil practices here in Delaware than in any other state,” Neuberger said. “Due to the public release of secret church archives, which the Official Committee [of survivors] demanded, these records now will permanently see the light of day.”