July 01, 2005

BIG BILL FOR SCANDAL IN THE U.S.

UNITED STATES
Mirror

By Reid Sexton
PAEDOPHILE priests and bishops have cost America's Roman Catholic Church its reputation and at least 450million.

Last month church leaders in Kentucky set up a 67million fund to pay at least 200 victims of abuse spanning 50 years.

The notorious Boston Archdiocese had already handed over 48million in 2003 to settle more than 500 lawsuits. Several of its prominent clergy were jailed.

One, defrocked priest John Geoghan, was strangled in prison by an inmate serving a life sentence. The scandal has forced at least two dioceses into bankruptcy, with more facing financial ruin. It was re-ignited when the former Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law, gave mass in Vatican City after the death of Pope John Paul II

Posted by kshaw at July 1, 2005 07:55 AM