A California judge has approved a $660 million sexual abuse settlement by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The settlement means that 500 + victims of abuse will not have to testify in court.
Terms of the settlement also require the Church to release confidential internal files showing steps the RC Church took to cover up the abuse over many decades.
You can read more about the settlement here.
The settlement is being reported as a record breaking payment to settle abuse claims. While the agreement is certainly the largest to date in the U.S., the 660 million dollar payment pales in comparison to the 5 BILLION DOLLAR settlement that the Canadian government and several religious organizations have agreed to pay to 70,000 survivors of abuse in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools.
I posted about the Indian Residential School’s Abuse Claims settlement here.