Bankrupt diocese agrees to $10M settlement
November 25, 2009
The Diocese of Fairbanks, which filed for bankruptcy last year, has reached an agreement with to settle the claims of nearly 300 alleged clerical abuse victims for $10 million. The Alaska apostolic vicariate-- raised to the dignity of a diocese in 1962-- was governed by Jesuit ordinaries and bishops between its founding in1888 and 2000.
The diocese has only 14,500 Catholics, 46 parishes, and 21 priests. A Los Angeles Times photographer was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize because of his coverage of the extent of abuse in the diocese.
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