Allentown Diocese Sexual Abuse Compensation Fund

According to the Morning Call, the “Allentown Diocese on [April 23, 2019] announced the opening of a five-month window for people who suffered abuse by clergy to file claims for compensation. . . . Victims have until Sept. 30 [2019] to file claims, and the attorney leading the process said . . . . that most could be settled by the end of the year.”  It was further reported that “Allentown is among five Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania that established compensation funds after a grand jury report released last summer revealed sexual abuse accusations against 301 priests, who had abused hundreds of children over several decades. The report named 37 priests from the Allentown Diocese, and the diocese itself added another 15 names to the list.  Allentown has set aside millions for the fund, which will not tap donations, school or parish funds, the diocese said. The fund was built on available cash, borrowed money and the sale of assets. The diocese did not specify how much money is in the fund, but spokesman Matt Kerr said it will provide a public report on the number of victims and the total amount paid to them at the conclusion of the program.”

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