New York City, N.Y., Dec 13, 2017 / 00:02 am
Nearly 200 sex abuse victims of clergy in the New York archdiocese have received compensation through a program the archdiocese says shows the Church's willingness to reach out to and listen to victims.
"At a time when nearly every institution that involves minors has had to face allegations of abuse, the Church is now a model in how to respond to this horror," the Archdiocese of New York said Dec. 7.
Since its program launched last year, the archdiocese has compensated 189 victims of archdiocesan clergy abuse in amounts totaling more than $40 million.
"By any measure, the reconciliation program has been a success," the archdiocese said. "Many of the victim-survivors have expressed their gratitude that the Church extended an invitation, listened, and responded with compassion and understanding. All left knowing that the Archdiocese of New York was willing to make a genuine act of reparation for the harm that was done to them."