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Delaware diocese offers abuse victims $74 million

Catholic World News - January 12, 2011

The Diocese of Wilmington, which declared bankruptcy in 2009, has increased its settlement offer to 150 alleged abuse victims from $28 million to $74 million.

“The Church is making this about money. It is not about money,” said Joelle Cateix, a regional director for the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests. “It’s really about the files.”

Under the diocese’s settlement offer, diocesan files related to clerical abuse would be available for inspection one day per week; copying or scanning the files would not be allowed, according to Cateix.

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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jan. 13, 2011 12:44 AM ET USA

    Let's see... had Delaware's diocese thrown out the rotters among its clergy instead of coddling and protecting them, it could now be giving that $74 million to the New York archdiocese, which could then keep its 27 doomed Catholic schools going for 7 more years.

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