Massachusetts Diocese Pays $4.5M for Abuse Claims

By Jay Lindsay | December 4, 2008

A Catholic diocese in Massachusetts has paid $4.5 million to nearly 60 people who say they were sexually abused by priests as far back as 1948.

The agreements announced Tuesday were part of a voluntary arbitration process set up over the summer. That is when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield reached a settlement with its insurance carriers.

Bishop Timothy McDonnell says the diocese has a moral responsibility to reach out to those abused by clergy when they were children.

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  • December 12, 2008 at 10:19 am
    nobody important says:
    I seriously doubt anyone sympathizes with child abusers here Martha. The question is, why only the Catholic Church? Because they have lots of money. Prevent future abuse ra... read more
  • December 11, 2008 at 6:34 am
    Nicole Washington says:
    If there was no truth to the charges they would not have paid the money. You have no idea what took place. You are only given part of a story and want to get defensive like so... read more
  • December 11, 2008 at 6:26 am
    Nicole Washington says:
    You are an idiot Bill Mahoney and Martha also if you agree with him. It is not uncommon for abuse victims not to tell. They were children rock head and he was an adult who peo... read more
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