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Settlement reached in Oregon priest abuse scandal

By bobSP     Dec 11, 2006 in Crime
About 150 people who claimed they were molested by priests have agreed to settle their lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland for an undisclosed amount.
U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan announced the agreement but would not give a dollar amount. He told reporters the archdiocese, which is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, could cover all current and future claims without selling off property held by parishes and schools.
Portland was the first archdiocese in the nation to seek protection from creditors when it went to federal bankruptcy court to head off massive lawsuits claiming sexual abuse by the late Rev. Maurice Grammond, who worked in several parishes. Other priests also were accused of abuse.
Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States have paid an estimated $1.5 billion since 1950 to handle claims of sex abuse by priests.
Records show that the legal fees for the Portland archdiocese came to $15 million.. but they claim to have over $50 million dollars from settling litigation with insurance companies and real estate.. even though they're currently in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. All parties are under a gag order.
I don't believe that any amount of money would be enough to silence me had I been molested by a priest.
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