April 30, 2005

More claims of abuse filed against bankrupt Portland archdiocese

The Oregonian

Saturday, April 30, 2005
More than 90 new people, all of whose identities are shielded from public exposure, have come forward with claims against the bankrupt Archdiocese of Portland. Details of the claims are confidential, although most are presumed to have been possible victims of clergy sexual abuse.

The claimants join 83 known others who have filed sex-abuse claims as of Friday, the deadline for all claims in the church's Chapter 11 reorganization case.

The new claimants seek nearly $71 million, bringing the total dollar amount of claims to more than half a billion dollars.

That total may rise significantly, because only 26 of the new claimants listed dollar amounts with their claims.

All of the sex-abuse claims now will go to mediation, with the first group beginning Aug. 8.

Posted by kshaw at April 30, 2005 09:35 AM