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Catholic Church Sex Abuse Settlements Continue

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Various dioceses within the Catholic church continue to settle with victims of sex abuse at the hands of church officials and clergymen. Recently, the diocese of Camden settled two decades old sex abuse allegations. The settlement amount wasn’t revealed, but some outlets have reported the victims received five figures. According to published stories about the scandal, the male victims were abused in the 1950s and 1960s respectively. The abuse took place when the victims were adolescents. They received their compensation later in life. The sex abuse scandals have been haunting the Catholic Church for decades. The explosion of allegations, revelation of cover ups, and announcements of huge settlements have all damaged the reputation of the church. In addition, they have been big financial blows to the church who have had to pay millions to the victims.

The Camden settlements are just the latest in a string of settlements that the church has reached with victims for decades. The 2015 film Spotlight dramatized the journey journalists from the Boston Globe went through to report the allegations and stories of the victims. Aside from the film, the global scandal has been written, talked about, and discussed in many forms of media. Currently, there are lawsuits moving forward in court on this issue. While the topic has not been as widely covered as it once was when the scandal first broke, it is still deemed newsworthy. Catholic Sex Abuse scandal has effected and continues to affect individuals and families haunted by the trauma. The abuse and subsequent cover up went on for so long that it will still take decades before it dies down. Future settlements will probably be made because of the negative impact the sex abuse scandal has had on the Catholic Church. Victims are seeking compensation and justice for the abuse they suffered and continue to receive it even after a long period of time passes. The Camden settlements just show that the Catholic Church has a long way to go handling this issue.

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Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal: High Ranking Officials Who Kept Quiet Are Criminally Responsible

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The Catholic Church sex abuse crisis has arguably been the biggest scandal in their long history. The stories of settlements, accusations, and clergy going to jail continue to be published. Recently, Minnesota Public Radio reported four high ranking officials in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are criminally responsible for failing to report the abuse of children by clergy.

An attorney for some of the victims claims one Archbishop, one former Archbishop, and two former Vicars knew about the abuse or at least had to have suspicions about it, but did nothing. The allegations made in 2013 come on top of a series of reports by Minnesota Public Radio which found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis were silent about abusive priests and moved them around to different jobs and made payments to offending priests who chose retirement.

Read the article in its entirety at http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/12/daily-circuit-archdiocese.

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Written by Lulaine Compere