January 10, 2006

Diocese might establish $85M fund for victims

Cincinnati Post

By Paul A. Long
Post staff reporter

Insurance companies for the Diocese of Covington have agreed to kick in nearly $45 million to a fund that will pay those who were sexually abused by priests or other church employees.

With the diocese contributing another $40 million, that will give victims a guaranteed $85 million, attorneys for those suing the diocese said during a fairness hearing Monday in Boone Circuit Court.

The fairness hearing was set to determine whether Special Judge John Potter would sign off on the settlement of the class-action lawsuit, filed against the diocese alleging a half-century of covering up sexual abuse.

The agreements with the two insurance companies - Catholic Mutual and the Fireman's Fund - were reached just minutes before the fairness hearing was to begin in Boone County, said Stan Chesley, one of the attorneys for plaintiffs in the case.

Posted by kshaw at January 10, 2006 08:07 AM