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Boston Archdiocese: corrupt to the core

After all the destroyed lives, the lying, the cover-ups, the hypocrisy, the criminal behavior, do you think the Boston Archdiocese would do the right thing in a settlement? Nope. They think the abuse issue is old news, and that this outrage is flying under the radar.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has offered to settle about 200 lawsuits from the pedophile priest scandal there, offering average payments of $75,000, lawyers for the accusers said on Friday.

The payments are worth about half the $155,000 average payment made to more than 500 other area parishioners in a landmark 2003 settlement, the lawyers said.

Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer representing 55 of the plaintiffs, called the offer “cold and callous.”

As far as the church is concerned, the sexual abuse scandal has blown over,” he said.

The Archdiocese of Boston confirmed it is in talks to settle the cases and said in a statement it hopes “to compensate those survivors who have been abused by priests of the archdiocese and to do so in a way that is just and sensitive to the pastoral needs of the survivors.”

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Pam Spaulding

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