The Roman Catholic Diocese in Los Angeles has reportedly agreed to pay 660 million dollars to settle sexual abuse cliams by 500 plaintiffs. This represents more than a million dollars each, the largest priestly sex abuse settlement in American history and brings the total payment by the national church to almost a billion dollars. Some orders — the Servites, the Claretians and the Oblates — have refused to particpate in the payment.
David Clohessy, the national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said all the plaintiffs should be proud. “They should feel incredily proud and Catholics should be very grateful to them. Without their courage, dozens of predators would still be unknown and maybe working in parishes today, and we would know absolutely nothing about who covered up these crimes.”
Think about it. Cardinal Mahoney has agreed to pay out nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in damages that his priests caused sexually abusing children. And not one person — not the Cardinal, not any of his cohorts, have offered to resign. Does it strike you the main reason they coughed up such an enormous sum of money (and not their own money) was to convince the government not to prosecute?
Or to put this another way. The trial on the sex abuse charges was scheduled to start this morning at 9:30. Did it take 660 million dollars to protect the Cardinal from going into the witness stand and explaining in open court why he covered up for priests abusing little children?
Put this way, the Cardinal makes Conrad Black look like a piker.