March 17, 2006

Diocese agrees to settle 19 abuse claims

Houston Chronicle

Associated Press

JACKSON, MISS. - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson agreed Thursday to pay $5.1 million to 19 people who claimed they were molested by priests over three decades.

"I sincerely hope that this settlement will bring a sense of peace to all those who have suffered as a result of the acts of a few," Bishop Joseph Latino said.

The settlement includes three brothers who filed a $48 million lawsuit against the diocese in 2002, and 16 "John Does" who filed similar complaints.

Posted by kshaw at March 17, 2006 07:00 AM