No plan to make ‘an additional appeal’ to parishes for settlement funds

Minnesota Public Radio

June 27, 2018

By Martin Moylan

In an interview with MPR News on Wednesday, Archbishop Bernard Hebda addressed a proposed $210 million settlement fund for victims of clergy sexual abuse, efforts to prevent future abuse and the path forward for the Twin Cities archdiocese.

Most of the settlement money — $170 million — would come from insurers for the archdiocese and parishes. Hedba said that parishes will not be required to help fund the rest of the settlement, but he noted some are contributing voluntarily.

“It’s not like we’re going to be making an additional appeal — at least at this point, that’s not part of the plan,” he said. “Certainly, we’ve already been hearing from people that desire to be part of this, who recognize the responsibility of the church at large for the situation.”

But several callers who identified as Catholic chastised the church in comments to Hebda. One woman, a lifelong Catholic from Minneapolis, vowed never to give another dime to the archdiocese.

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