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L.A. Diocese to shell out $600 million for clergy abuse

The Prada Pope always has plenty to say about the morality of others, but what about the moral rot in his house?

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will settle its clergy abuse cases for at least $600 million, by far the largest payout in the church’s sexual abuse scandal, The Associated Press learned Saturday.

…Attorneys for the archdiocese and the plaintiffs are expected to announce the deal Monday, the day the first of more than 500 clergy abuse cases was scheduled for jury selection, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement.

…A spokeswoman for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said at a news conference outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Saturday that the group had not been apprised of any settlement, and that no such deal would stop anyone’s suffering.

No matter what happens, no resolution, guilty verdict or settlement magically takes away the pain of having been raped or molested by Catholic priests in this archdiocese,” said Mary Grant, the group’s regional director.

The church has had to dole out settlements totalling more than $1 billion since 1950, with the largest one prior to this one also occurring in California —  the Diocese of Orange paid out $100 million. There have been bankruptcies as a result as well — the dioceses  of Tucson, Spokane, Portland (Oregon), Davenport, Iowa, and San Diego filed for protection.

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