LOS ANGELES - The nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese said Friday it will pay $60 million to settle 45 sex abuse lawsuits, the largest payout yet by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and among the biggest resulting from the molestation crisis that's plagued the church. The cases were among more than 500 abuse claims pending against the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
The claims settled Friday involve 22 priests and include allegations from two periods when the archdiocese had limited or no insurance against sexual abuse claims — prior to the mid-1950s and after 1987.
Mahony said $40 million of the payment would come from the archdiocese, while $20 million would be from religious orders plus a small amount of independent insurance coverage.
Friday's settlement was the largest in California since 2004, when the Diocese of Orange agreed to spend $100 million to settle 90 abuse claims. It was also the fourth-largest in the nation since the clergy abuse crisis erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002, according to an AP review of settlements.
why couldnt i have cashed in on this payday? was i so hideous as a child? didnt they like me at all? i was always dressed nice, combed hair.........why couldnt i have been taken advantage of. i wouldnt have liked it then but the payoff now is sweet. i have a dream that the catholic church will have to start selling things to pay for all these lawsuits. alot of people think this is due to the fact that priests cant marry but as you will read below this isnt always the case. if only the church wouldnt have hid this problem. if they would have taken the first priest and threw him to the wolves then alot of other priests wouldnt have pulled out the willies for the flock....so to speak.
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A Maryland rabbi caught in a television sting operation was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison yesterday for trying to solicit sex from a 13-year-old boy over the Internet.
David A. Kaye, 56, told the judge that he traveled to Herndon for what he thought would be sex with a boy "as a cry out for help to fight my personal demons." Sobbing as he acknowledged his father, who sat in the courtroom in a wheelchair, Kaye said his conviction had made him face "the reality of who I am. . . . I know I need help. I pray that God allows me to get that help."
Kaye's attorney, Peter D. Greenspun, said the rabbi, who was featured last year on the "To Catch a Predator" series on "Dateline NBC," kept his sexuality secret and spent thousands of hours chatting online in search of liaisons.
Kaye thought that he was chatting online with a young adult, Greenspun said. He said Kaye, who is divorced, is in therapy, and he urged a sentence on the low end of federal guidelines, which recommended a term of 63 to 78 months in prison.
"There is a very decent core to this man," Greenspun said.
But U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris in Alexandria settled on 78 months and said Kaye would then face 10 years of supervised release. The judge said that during that time, Kaye will be forbidden to accept any job involving children, and he ordered him to never be around children younger than 18 without an adult present.
dont think the catholics have a lock on the whole gay/pedophile thing. in defense of the priests never has one been caught on a national tv show. a decent core to this man? i guess he was going to ...very decently...screw a 13 year old boy. i saw this episode and there is no way hes going to make 78 months in the joint. hes an odds on favorite to get shivved in the laundry. guess what dave there arent any 13 year old boys in prison and the guys there dont like men who prey on 13 year old boys. they are going to slice him up for xmas. his best bet is to take a swing at a guard on the very first day and getting thrown into solitary. its his only chance.
only 20 more shopping days til xmas kids. dont spend more than say......$500 on my gift. thats an arbitrary figure by the way