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L.A. archdiocese coughs up $60 million to settle 45 sex abuse cases

Guess Papa Ratzi’s boys will be breaking into the piggy bank to make up for this shortfall. With only 45 settled out of over 500 claims pending in L.A, Cardinal Roger Mahony will be paying out again in the near future. (SFGate):

The nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese said Friday it will pay $60 million to settle 45 sex abuse lawsuits, the largest payout yet by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and among the biggest resulting from the molestation crisis that’s plagued the church.

…Negotiations on the deal had been in progress for at least a year but were held up because attorneys for the plaintiffs wanted the church to release the accused priests’ private personnel files. The agreement calls for an independent judge to review those files and decide which documents can be released to the alleged victims. That process is expected to take several months.

…David Clohessy, national director for the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said he was happy for the alleged victims who were part of the settlement but remained angry at Mahony and other church leaders.

We recognize it for what it is, which is a purely business move designed to keep Mahony out of depositions and off the witness stand. That’s what every bishop fears the most and that’s why they settled,” Clohessy said.

Blender Jerry Maneker of A Christian Voice for LGBT Rights, observed:

This story is just another reminder for people to ask themselves the question as to why they are letting the Roman Catholic Church define their realities for them when it comes to “love” and “sex.” Why do people allow an institution that enforces celibacy, that clearly contradicts Scripture (1Timothy 4:3), to be a voice that is viewed by them as credible, particularly given their massive ephebophilia scandals and coverups? Why do people view as credible those who have, for one reason or another, suppressed their own sexuality, bespeaking an ignorant and/or distorted and/or perverse view of sexuality itself? (And if God has called some to “celibacy,” He has given them that ability which would carry with it a commensurate humility to not pontificate on a subject that would be quite foreign to them.)

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