Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Church pays £6.7m abuse settlement

Cardinal Rogery Mahony was told by a now-defrocked priest nearly 30 years ago he had molested children (AP)

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay nearly 10 million dollars (£6.7 million) to settle four clergy sex abuse cases.

Church lawyer Michael Hennigan confirmed the 9.9 million-dollar settlement for the cases, which alleged abuse by former priest Michael Baker.

Two cases were to go to trial soon and a judge had said lawyers for the alleged victims could also pursue punitive damages.

Recently released files show Baker met Cardinal Roger Mahony in 1986 and confessed to molesting two brothers for nearly seven years.

Cardinal Mahony sent Baker for psychological treatment but eventually put him back in ministry, where he molested again.

Baker was convicted of molesting one boy in 2007. Two of the latest plaintiffs are that boy's brothers.

Cardinal Mahony is in Rome helping select the next pope.

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