Donations Won't Be Used for Civil Settlements

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 29, 2004

About one-third of the $2,036,800 the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis will pay to settle 18 civil cases of sexual abuse will be paid by its insurance company. The rest will come from a general archdiocesan fund "generated from investments and past sales of real estate," according to a statement issued Thursday by the archdiocese. "No contributions to parishes, archdiocesan agencies or the Archdiocesan Development Appeal will be used to fund these settlements."

The civil cases were settled in the names of five priests and a nun.

A victims' support group said it hoped the settlements would "prompt others who are wounded to step forward, disclose their secret and start their recovery."

In a letter to Archbishop Raymond Burke, David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests wrote, "You have a duty to do everything you can to urge witnesses and victims to contact police and to warn the public about these dangerous men."