N.Y. Catholic Church pays $40M to sex abuse victims

NEW YORK — Just over $40 million in compensation has been paid to 189 people who identified themselves as victims of preaching sex abuse, the Archdiocese of New York pronounced in a report expelled Thursday. The archdiocese remarkable that the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program finished Nov. 30, but some additional claims are still being processed.

Money for the payouts came by a long-term loan.

Mediators Ken Feinberg and Camille Biros evaluated victim claims and dynamic compensation.

Archdiocese orator Joseph Zwilling pronounced he did not have a specific relapse of how much any target received; some of the victims’ claims date back decades. The payouts averaged $211,600.

The eight-page report also epitomised efforts by the church to fight passionate abuse. 

“The crime and impiety of the passionate abuse of minors has flush in every shred of multitude — schools, families, Hollywood, sports teams, girl groups, supervision programs for youth, sacrament — really, any organisation or classification that brings adult and minors into contact,” the report said. 

“Fortunately, for the Catholic Church, such horrors are now mostly cramped to the past. That does not meant the work is over.”

The archdiocese pronounced it has hired former law coercion officers with knowledge in passionate abuse to control “spot-checks” of parishes and schools. To date, the archdiocese says it has conducted over 126,000 credentials checks of personnel, including of seminarians, deacons, priests and volunteers.

Dioceses in Brooklyn and on Long Island also are participating in victim remuneration programs.

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