February 11, 2005

Archdiocese settles eight abuse cases in mediation

St. Louis Review

by Joseph Kenny, Review Staff Writer

The Archdiocese of St. Louis settled eight cases of clergy sexual abuse last month in a mediation process.

The settlements to be paid by the archdiocese total $267,500. The cases involved claims against five archdiocesan priests who have been removed from ministry: Romano Ferraro, Michael McGrath, Joseph Lessard, Donald Straub and Robert Yim. The Vatican recently dismissed McGrath, Straub and Yim from the priesthood.

One case involved a religious order priest, Vincentian Father Richard Lause. That claim is being paid by the Vincentians.

Since January 2004, the mediation process has resulted in the settlement of 31 cases at a total of $2,399,300. Approximately $742,000 was recovered from an insurance carrier.

There are nine other cases of clergy abuse of minors all but one where a lawsuit had been filed that have yet to be settled. Five of the cases are expected to be part of the mediation process.

Posted by kshaw at February 11, 2005 06:22 PM