December 31, 2005

Archdiocese Can't Afford Latest Round Of Sex Abuse Claims


BOSTON -- The Boston Archdiocese contends it can't afford to pay as much on average for the latest round of clergy sexual abuse claims as it did two years ago when it took more than $85 million to settle about 550 claims.

The archdiocese has offered to settle 100 claims for between $5,000 to $200,000 per claim, depending on the severity of the abuse, for a total of $7.5 million, or an average of $75,000 per claimant, according to lawyers for both the plaintiffs and the archdiocese.

That's compared to an an average of $153,000 per claimant it paid in the massive $85 million settlement to 554 people in 2003.

"The dollar amounts, while not as high as in the global settlement, reflect the present financial capability of the Archdiocese and recognize its deteriorated financial condition since the time of the last settlement," church officials said in a statement released Friday.

Posted by kshaw at December 31, 2005 06:13 PM