May 14, 2005

4 object to diocese settlement proposal

Tucson Citizen

Tucson Citizen

Editor's note: This article corrects inaccurate information in an April 29 article about the Diocese of Tucson's proposed settlement of sex abuse claims.
Four objections to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson's latest proposal for settling claims of sexual abuse by priests were filed by yesterday's deadline, diocese spokesman Fred Allison said.

In a hearing on the objections Thursday, attorneys for the diocese will answer questions from a federal bankruptcy judge and others about the diocese's proposal to compensate people who have been sexually abused by priests or other diocese workers.

Attorneys have been meeting since the diocese filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Sept. 20 to work out a tentative plan for paying victims of sex abuse and, in some of the claims, their parents or spouses.

Officials of the diocese have proposed a $20 million cap to settle all credible claims of abuse. About $15.7 million of it would be paid to those with known, credible claims, Allison said.

Some money would be set aside in a trust to pay minors who have not reported alleged abuse and to pay adults who have credible claims but who could not file a claim by April 15 because of repressed memory.

Of the 111 abuse claims filed by the April 15 deadline, 103 remain, Allison said. Eight are duplicate claims, he said.

Posted by kshaw at May 14, 2005 03:19 PM