Alleged abuse victims settle with Chicago archdiocese for $12 million
October 3, 2003
CHICAGO — The Chicago Archdiocese agreed Thursday to pay $8 million to 15
people who say they were molested by Roman Catholic priests over
the past five decades.
Individual settlements will range from $200,000 to $1.7 million,
according to attorney Jeffrey R. Anderson, whose firm worked out
the agreement with the archdiocese.
At a news conference attended by several of the alleged victims,
Anderson released the names of the 11 priests accused of committing
the abuse, plus the name of a priest covered in an earlier
settlement. The list also included the parishes they were assigned
None of the men are currently active in the priesthood and
several are dead, Anderson and archdiocese officials said.
Stanley Cwikla, 62, said he was 14 when a priest abused him. He
called the crime "a case of rape and murder of the soul" and said
Illinois should drop the statute of limitations that prevents
prosecutors from bringing charges.
The archdiocese apologized to abuse victims, their families and
"Nothing representatives of the archdiocese do today can make up
for the abuse inflicted on victims of clerical sexual misconduct,"
the statement said.
Anderson said the archdiocese agreed to develop a Web site by
Jan. 15 listing all priests who have been named in credible
accusations of sexual abuse. The goal is to help other victims join
in any legal action.
In July, the Chicago Archdiocese reached a $4 million settlement
with four sex abuse victims of a former Catholic priest convicted
in 2002 on child pornography charges. Anderson also participated in
Last month, the Boston Archdiocese agreed to pay $85 million to
552 people who say that sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests
devastated their lives. The deal is the largest known payout by a
U.S. diocese to settle molestation charges. –Sapa-AP
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