Two priest sex-abuse lawsuits settled with Phila Archdiocese

Philadelphia Inquirer

LAST UPDATED: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Two lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors by priests from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were settled for an undisclosed amount, lawyers announced Wednesday.

The suits, the first settled since a 2011 grand jury investigation of sex abuse allegations in the archdiocese, were filed by the victims before they turned 30 – keeping them in line with Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations.

The plaintiffs, identified as John Doe 10 and John Doe 187, requested the settlement amounts be confidential.

“Nobody ever recovers from this kind of sexual abuse,” said Dan Monahan, one of their lawyers. “But fortunately, both of these young men have really gained a certain amount of power and are no longer living in silence.

“They have moved on with their lives. They are stronger as a result of stepping forward. They are stronger as a result of filing these suits. And I think they feel a somewhat small sense of justice in having these cases resolved.”

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