Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and Catholic Charities settled some 20 lawsuits that alleged sex abuse and other physical and emotional abuse at two orphanages in the 1950s and 1960s. A few lawsuits remain unsettled and more may be brought. Under the settlement the Archdiocese will pay more than $5 million, with the money coming from cash reserves from investment income and non-church real estate sales. Unlike the Archdiocese of Delaware, which has filed for bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans says that the settlement will not affect parish operations. For the news story, go here.