March 08, 2005

Archdiocese, former insurer reach settlement

Nashua Telegraph

By THEO EMERY, The Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2005

BOSTON - The Archdiocese of Boston has settled with one of its former insurance carriers, Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Co., over claims related to lawsuits from alleged clergy abuse victims.

The archdiocese and Lumbermens filed notice of the settlement, which was dated Feb. 9, in federal court on Monday, stating that all of the church’s claims against the insurer would be dismissed.

“We are pleased to have this matter resolved,” the Rev. John Connolly, special assistant to Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley, said in a statement. “We are hopeful that, in the near future, we will be in a position to begin discussions about how to resolve pending cases.”

Lumbermens, the lead underwriter of Kemper Insurance Cos. group, paid the archdiocese $20 million last week, after the church finance council approved the settlement, according to two sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Posted by kshaw at March 8, 2005 07:20 AM