Dec 20, 2006

$$ hemorrhage continues in Portland

A small item in the "National Briefing" section of today's New York Times says the Archdiocese of Portland will pay $75 million to settle "at least 170" claims of clergy sex abuse.

This is part of the Archdiocese's bankruptcy reorganization. Before the bankruptcy, says the item in the Times, the Archdiocese paid "more than $50 million to settle 130 claims."

It is worth recalling that Cardinal William Levada, now prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was Archbishop of Portland, 1986-1995. Let us hope and pray that he does better in his current office than the previous one.


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