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Santa Rosa diocese settles abuse suit for $3.5 million

Catholic World News - July 17, 2014

The Diocese of Santa Rosa, California, has paid $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a sex-abuse victim.

The settlement—one of the largest paid to a single victim—leaves the Santa Rosa diocese with “no known abuse cases pending,” the diocese announced.

Bishop Robert Vasa, who inherited a series of difficulties when he came to the Santa Rosa diocese in 2011, said: “The settlement involves a lot of money. It does not, however, restore peace and tranquility to this child of God. I pray this can come in time.”

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