The Church will pay more than $28 million to 23 men and two women who allege that Franciscans molested them. The Franciscan Order will pay most of the settlement, but the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, involved because some of the alleged attacks took place at parishes, will pay something under $2 million.
One priest, the now retired Mario Cimmarusti, was accused by 10 of the 25 alleged victims.
J. Michael Hennigan, lawyer for the Archdiocese, told the Times he was "delighted" at seeing the case resolved and he hoped the deal would prompt other orders to resolve their cases. But he also called the settlement "a little high," and he and others think the deal could set a precedent about the amounts of future payouts.
One lawyer, not mentioned in the Times article, said the Franciscans were behaving better in this case than Cardinal Mahony has been in the Archdiocesan cases.
By the way, Southern California orthodox Catholics who were around in the 1960's will tell you that St. Anthony's was a hotbed of trendy Sixties liberalism.