Delaware Diocese Weighs Selling Assets to Pay Abuse Settlements

May 18, 2009

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, may have to sell assets to pay for settlements in child sexual abuse cases.

Bishop Francis Malooly says settlements will probably exceed $9 million next month. But Diocesan spokesman Robert Krebs says officials won’t decide whether to sell assets until the church’s liability and the number of lawsuits are known this summer.

A letter of Malooly’s published recently in The Dialog, the diocese’s weekly newspaper, said financial settlements are part of the church’s process to bring healing and restore trust.

The diocese has paid $6 million since 2002; only $2 million was paid between the 1980s and 2002. Most of Delaware’s 57 cases were filed after the state adopted the Child Victim’s Act in 2007.

Latest Comments

  • May 19, 2009 at 8:52 am
    Miriam says:
    The criminal "justice" system in this country is a joke. For everything else the statute is age 21 plus 2 years. In this circus, people are crawling out of the woodwork 30-40... read more
  • May 19, 2009 at 7:00 am
    wudchuck says:
    so how far back does this law allow a lawsuit? it's getting old that the catholic church allowed such atrocities.
  • May 18, 2009 at 11:33 am
    Joseph T. McConaghy says:
    Anyone out there have any stat's on location of the individual's in charge of of the various Diocese today; who were in charge of "relocating" proported offender's? My questio... read more
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