Bridgeport Diocese to pay $21M to settle sexual abuse claims
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport has reached a multi-million dollar settlement involving claims of sexual abuse against 16 priests. The diocese will pay out $21 million to 40 people who say priests abused them when they were children. Bishop William Lori said 40 percent of the money is covered by insurance and the other 60 percent by selling properties belonging to the diocese.Bishop Lori says the settlement is the result of the meeting that began in January between the diocese and the attorney's for the victims. Bishop Lori said only one of the 16 priests involved in the alleged abuse that took place in the 1960s and 1970s is still functioning as a priest. The new settlement is the second in two years for the diocese. The diocese reached a financial settlement in 2001 involving five priests and 26 plaintiffs.