April 08, 2005

Texas, Massachusetts dioceses reach agreement with alleged victim of priest

Dateline Alabama

Associated Press Writer

April 08, 2005

A Texas man who claims he was sexually abused by a priest from Massachusetts has reached a settlement with the dioceses of Fort Worth, Texas, and Worcester, Mass., that includes a $2.75 million payout from the Fort Worth Diocese, the parties said Friday.

The settlement will be paid for by the Fort Worth Diocese and its insurers, the Texas diocese said in a statement. The diocese settled on the advice of its lawyers to avoid the "uncertainty of litigation and the related costs," the statement said.

The Worcester Diocese bears no financial responsibility in the settlement, according to a statement from Bishop Robert J. McManus.

Posted by kshaw at April 8, 2005 04:56 PM