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Bankrupt diocese agrees to $10M settlement

Catholic World News - 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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