Camden Diocese, clergy sex abuse survivors nearing settlement

KYW News Radio, 1060AM and 103.9FM [Philadelphia PA]

December 2, 2022

By Antionette Lee

The diocese agreed earlier this year to pay $87.5 million 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — South Jersey’s Catholic diocese is one step closer to compensating survivors who were sexually abused by some of the diocese’s priests.

In April, the Diocese of Camden agreed to pay $87.5 million to settle claims for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Officials from the diocese appeared before Judge Jerrold N. Poslusny, Jr. in New Jersey District Bankruptcy Court for 14 days of testimony to approve the settlement.

The money will go to a trust fund setup over a four-year period from the diocese and related Catholic entities. The settlement also includes maintaining or enhancing protocols to protect children.

A statement from Camden Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan in part asked faithful parishioners to pray for abuse survivors as preparations for Christmas are underway.

“As this most recent step concludes during the season of Advent, I encourage the faithful to remember in their prayers all abuse survivors as we prepare for Christmas commemorating the birth of Jesus, whose mission for the care of all peoples we must never forget,” said Bishop Sullivan.