March 31, 2006

Church pays $8 million more

WASHINGTON
The News Tribune

STEVE MAYNARD; The News Tribune
Published: March 31st, 2006 01:00 AM

The Catholic archdiocese covering Tacoma and all of Western Washington reported Thursday that its costs for dealing with clergy sex abuse cases soared by nearly 50 percent about $8 million last year.

As a result, the church dipped into a reserve fund for the first time to help pay abuse costs.

The total spent by the Archdiocese of Seattle on clergy sex abuse since 1987 increased to $26 million last year as cases were settled and new accusations surfaced.

The archdiocese tapped its reserve fund because cumulative costs in sex abuse cases exceeded its self-insurance program, said spokesman Greg Magnoni.

Posted by kshaw at March 31, 2006 07:59 AM