The Diocese of Rockville Centre in Long Island is compensating 221 people who say they were sexually abused by priests.
The diocese is offering settlements between $25,000 and $50,000 to 221 of the 293 people who have filed claims since it opened its compensation program last fall
The settlements come as the Catholic Church faces a massive sex abuse scandal worldwide.
A Roman Catholic diocese in New York is compensating nearly 300 people who say they were sexually abused by priests.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre in Long Island is offering settlements between $25,000 and $50,000 to 221 of the 293 people who have filed claims since the organization opened its compensation program last fall, Newsday reports.
The settlements come as the Catholic Church faces a massive sex abuse scandal worldwide, hitting the US, Germany, Ireland and other countries around the world.
Pope Francis met with US church leaders earlier this week to discuss the fallout of a scandal involving a former American cardinal, and he is organizing a world-wide summit to discuss sex abuse next year.
A co-administrator for the compensation program in Rockville Centre, Camille Biros, said more claimants will receive settlement offers within the next few months.
Biros did not disclose a total estimate for the settlements given out, but lawyers for the victims said the payments range from $25,000 to $50,000, which means the church is paying out a minimum of at least $7.2 million.
The diocese did not name any priests who were accused of abuse when announcing the settlement.
The New York attorney general’s office, however, announced last week that it is investigating alleged sex abuse in all of the state’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses.
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed the dioceses last week, seeking documents relating to abuse allegations, payments to victims or findings from internal church …read more
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