July 9, 2005
More Saturday God-blogging
Sorry, but we do seem to be on a roll here:
INDIANAPOLIS – The chairman of the Catholic lay reform group Voice of the Faithful predicted Saturday that the clergy sexual abuse scandal will eventually cost U.S. dioceses $2 billion to $3 billion.
Speaking at the first national meeting of the group in three years, David Castaldi urged leaders of local affiliates to press their bishops for better financial reporting as individual dioceses post large payouts to abuse victims, lawyers and others.
… Boston, where the scandal first erupted more than three years ago before spreading nationwide, reached an $85 million settlement with 552 people in 2003. The Diocese of Orange, Calif., settled 90 abuse claims for $100 million last December, followed by last month’s settlement of $120 million by the Diocese of Covington, Ky.
“That record will not last,” said Castaldi, who is also a former chancellor and chief financial officer for the Boston Archdiocese.
The bankrupt Diocese of Portland, Ore., faces claims topping $500 million, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will settle cases for at least $500 million and perhaps as much as $1.5 billion, he said.
This is—by a wide margin—the highest estimate yet of the Vatican’s potential sexual-abuse liabilities.
Here’s a refresher on Pope Benedict’s role in all this.
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