Mar 14, 2006

Mahony lawyer opines on the Franciscan deal

Lawyers have reached a tentative deal in the lawsuit against the Franciscan Friars of California over clergy sex abuse at St. Anthony's Seminary in Santa Barbara from the 1950's until 1987, reports the March 14 LA Times (click on this post's title).

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Francisicans acted better than the Cardinal....
I just received a response by e-mail from the Cardinal, or a automatic one sent to everyone. It was on his Ash Wednesday homily on illegal immigration. There is one line that seems so out of character from a Cardinal who tries to please everyone, a liberal position. Cardinal; "In favor of immigration reform,but it must be a reform that is both humane and just. Anything less will diminish the worth of every individual" I just pray he could convey that to Catholics who are pro-abortion.

8:48 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to the Franciscan deal. I don't think anyone who was molested should get a penny above and beyond ocunselling and/or necessary medical care.

And I don't believe that the Catholic Church should pay, only the perpetrator.

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