Argentina bishop forced to pay over priest sex abuse


An Argentina court ordered a bishop from a town outside Buenos Aires to pay damages of $30,000 plus ten years’ interest to a priest sex abuse victim, according to the ruling released Monday.

The appeals court ruling, handed down on April 9, came just days after Pope Francis, originally from Argentina, told Vatican disciplinarians to act “with determination” against the scourge of pedophile priests.

In Francis’s first official pronouncement, the newly elected pontiff asked for “stepped-up measures to protect minors and help those who were subjected to such violence in the past.”

The bishop, Luis Stockler, was ordered to pay $24,500 to the victim and $5,340 to his mother for “psychological” and other damages for the abuse — which was committed by a priest he supervised — in 2002.

The priest died of AIDS in 2005.

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