Saturday, September 08, 2007

Boy Buggery Club's Mega Setlement For San Diego Abuse Victims

Coupled with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles payout, compensation is heading for the billion dollar mark, how many more to go? oh those wages of sin.

SAN DIEGO – The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego reached a $198.125 million settlement with 144 sexual abuse victims Friday morning.

Marathon settlement talks at the downtown Federal Courthouse ended with the announcement that the church would settle the case for $1.37 million per victim.

The diocese filed for bankruptcy Feb. 27 amid allegations by roughly 150 men and women who said they were sexually abused by priests and church workers as minors. It was the largest diocese in the country to seek bankruptcy protection in the face of such allegations.

The victims were seeking financial compensation and disclosures from church hierarchy about what they knew about the abuse and when they knew it. more

Here's an update and some updated numbers.

Previous payouts

Sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests has cost the U.S. church at least $2.1 billion since 1950. Here are some of the largest known payouts to victims since the crisis erupted in 2002 in the Archdiocese of Boston:

Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 2007, agrees to pay $660 million to about 500 people.

Diocese of Orange, Calif., 2004, $100 million for 90 abuse claims.

Diocese of Covington, Ky., 2006, up to $84 million for more than 350 people.

Archdiocese of Boston, 2003, $84 million for 552 claims.

Diocese of Oakland, Calif., 2005, $56 million to 56 people.

Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., 2007, agrees to pay about $52 million to 175 victims to emerge from bankruptcy protection. The diocese sets aside another $20 million for any future claims.

Diocese of Spokane, Wash., 2007, agrees to pay $48 million for about 150 claims to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

Diocese of Sacramento, Calif., 2005, pays $35 million to 33 people.

Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., 2003, $25.7 million to 243 victims.

Diocese of Tucson, Ariz., 2005, agrees to fund a settlement trust worth about $22 million for more than 50 victims to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

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