May 21, 2005

Archdiocese may be ready for new victim negotiations

Boston Herald

By Jessica Fargen
Saturday, May 21, 2005

The remaining 170 alleged priest sex-abuse victims who are waiting for resolution on their claims could see movement soon, the Archdiocese of Boston said.

The archdiocese yesterday said it received $8.5 million from St. Paul Travelers, an insurance company it used in the 1980s. The archdiocese held off on negotiations on the 170 new abuse lawsuits until settling with Travelers.

Alleged victims who missed the deadline for the first $85 million settlement reached last year have been waiting in ``emotional limbo,'' said Anne Webb, a member of Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests.

``When a person is waiting for this to happen, it's really hard on the survivor,'' she said.

The St. Paul Travelers deal was the second of two the archdiocese was waiting for before launching negotiations with the accusers. In March, the church reached a$20 million settlement with Lumbermens Mutual Casualty.

Posted by kshaw at May 21, 2005 02:16 AM