Loading
Denver archdiocese settles 15 cases of abuse

.- The Archdiocese of Denver has settled 15 cases of alleged sexual abuse by clergy through mediation, it was announced last week.

According to a press release from the independent mediators of the abuse cases, two law firms filed suits against the archdiocese, one from Minnesota and one from Florida. Florida lawyers Jeffery Herman and Adam Horowitz filed 19 cases. All 19 of their clients decided to come before the independent mediation panel. However, four decided not settle out of court and continue with the judicial process.

The settlements range from $30,000 to $150,000. The settlement payments made by the archdiocese total $1,585,000.

The Judicial Arbiter Group, who ran the mediation process, said the settlements would not have been possible without the “positive attitudes” of the lawyers, plaintiffs and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver.

The archbishop met with 18 of the plaintiffs during the mediation process. During their meeting, the archbishop listened to the stories of plaintiffs and offered his apology for their pain. Mediation began in May 2006.
 
In addition to the 15 settlements reached through the mediation panel, three other individuals did not file a lawsuit but approached the archdiocese directly to have their claims considered, the archbishop said in a statement.

The independent mediation panel was led by the Honorable Richard Dana of the Judicial Arbiter Group in conjunction with Chief Heather Coogan of the Auraria Campus Police Department and John Dahlberg, a certified rehabilitation specialist.

The mediation outreach panel will remain available to address any other plaintiffs who may wish to have their claims evaluated, said the archbishop. He added that he will remain available to anyone who desires to discuss their own personal situation with him.

“Even though the childhood sexual abuse described in these lawsuits occurred decades ago,” Archbishop Chaput said, “we take seriously any allegation of sexual abuse, regardless of how old the claim.   We deeply regret the suffering of any individual who has suffered childhood sexual abuse and we have a sincere desire to help any victim heal.  We believe this successful mediation program further exemplifies our commitment to address this very serious issue.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
16

Liturgical Calendar

April 16, 2014

Wednesday of Holy Week

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 26:14-25

Gospel
Date
04/16/14
04/14/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Is 50:4-9a
Gospel:: Mt 26:14-25

Homily of the Day

Mt 26:14-25

Homily
Date
04/16/14
04/14/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: