What a timely bit of news coming on the same day I decide to watch Deliver Us From Evil, the horrifying documentary by Amy Berg about Oliver O’Grady, the priest who molested children for more than 30 years as he was being shuffled around from parish to parish by the unrepentant archdioceses of Los Angeles. Now they’re paying, literally:
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will settle its clergy abuse cases for at least $600 million, by far the largest payout in the church’s sexual abuse scandal, The Associated Press learned Saturday.
The archdiocese and its insurers will pay between $600 million and $650 million to about 500 plaintiffs—an average of $1.2 to $1.3 million per person. The settlement also calls for the release of confidential priest personnel files after review by a judge assigned to oversee the litigation, the sources said.
I’m usually quite vocal on this blog about unnecessarily large payouts to the victims in often frivolous lawsuits, but to me even $1.3 million hardly compensates (can there be a magic amount?) the countless victims of sexual abuse by pedophile priests who were protected by the Catholic Church.