US diocese to pay out $240 million over abuse claims
The San Diego Diocese in the US has agreed to pay $A240 million to settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by clergy.
The BBC reports that the settlement by San Diego is the second largest of any diocese
The deal reportedly followed two days of talks between the diocese, lawyers and alleged victims.
It concludes more than four years of negotiations in the courts.
In July, the Los Angeles Archdiocese agreed a record $A800 million deal to settle 508 abuse cases, some going back to the 1940s.
The diocese of San Diego filed for bankruptcy protection six months ago, just before the first of 42 cases alleging sex abuse was due to come to trial in a civil court.
San Diego Bishop Robert Brom said: "The diocese has always been committed to resolving this litigation in a way that fairly compensates these victims of abuse and would still preserve the ongoing ministries and programs of the Church."
US Church agrees sex abuse payout (BBC News, 9/9/07)
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10 Sep 2007