Friday, June 1, 2018
Catholics to pay $210M to sex abuse victims
St. Paul archdiocese to pay $210M to clergy abuse victims
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced a $210 million settlement Thursday with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of its plan for bankruptcy reorganization, making this the second-largest payout in the scandal that rocked the nation's Roman Catholic Church.
Victims' attorney Jeff Anderson said the money, a total of $210,290,724, will go into a pot to pay survivors, with the amount for each survivor to be determined. Anderson said a formal reorganization plan will now be submitted to a bankruptcy judge for approval, and then it will be sent to the victims for a vote. Anderson expected they will readily approve it.
"We changed the playing field," said Jim Keenan, who was sexually abused as a child in the 1980s by a Twin Cities-area priest. "They have to listen to victims now, and that is huge." Marie Mielke, who was sexually abused from 1997 to 2000 by a St. Paul seminarian who later became a priest, urged fellow survivors to have the courage to stand up.
(PHOTOS 1-19) Clergy abuse survivor Marie Mielke talks about her feelings during a press conference detailing the settlement reached between clergy sexual abuse victims and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, at his office on Thursday, May 31, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP)