Payments to clergy sexual abuse survivors in Philadelphia, Scranton top $20 million | TribLIVE.com
Pennsylvania

Payments to clergy sexual abuse survivors in Philadelphia, Scranton top $20 million

Deb Erdley
1290288_web1_web-priest-02

The meter is ticking as administrators for compensation funds in Catholic dioceses across the state process payments to survivors who experienced child sexual abuse at the hands of trusted priests.

Church officials have released interim statements showing the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Scranton have paid nearly $21.8 million to 110 survivors of clergy sexual abuse who opted to forego legal action and seek compensation from the church.

The two church bodies are among six Roman Catholic dioceses and one archdiocese in Pennsylvania that opened compensation funds for survivors of clergy sexual abuse following the release of last summer’s statewide grand jury report that detailed allegations of rampant child sexual abuse and cover-ups in Catholic diocese across the state.

The Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Allentown and Erie dioceses all have ongoing compensation funds, but have yet to issue interim reports on payments.

Those who opt to accept payments must sign away any future right to sue the church.

Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros who are administering the compensation fund for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia reported that as of the end of May the Archdiocese had paid or authorized payments of $19.6 million to 93 individuals for an average payout of about $210,000.

The program is scheduled to continue to take claims through September.

In the much smaller Scranton diocese, officials said the compensation fund, which is also being handled by Feinberg and Biros, had paid out $2.16 million to 17 individuals as of May 10.

Deb Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: News | Pennsylvania
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.