January 20, 2005

Orange County diocese launches long-awaited expansion

Herald Tribune

The Associated Press
ORANGE, Calif. -- With a multimillion-dollar clergy abuse settlement behind it, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is launching an expansion that includes the establishment of two new parishes, the relocation of a third and the construction of a new cathedral, officials said Thursday.

The announcement comes six weeks after the diocese agreed to a $100 million settlement with 90 alleged victims of clergy abuse. The diocese will pay about half that amount, with insurers covering the rest.

The diocese had put on hold plans for the new parishes and the cathedral for several years while it tried to resolve the lawsuits against it, officials said.

Posted by kshaw at January 20, 2005 09:10 PM