L.A. archdiocese settles abuse cases for $660 million
Mahony issues public apology
Aug 07, 2007
After more than four years of delays, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has reached a landmark $660 million settlement with 508 alleged victims of sexual abuse, the largest such payment thus far in the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandals.
The settlement, approved by superior court judge Haley Fromholz on July 16, followed public apologies to victims by Cardinal Roger Mahony, who oversees the most populous archdiocese in the U.S.
“Your life, I wish it were like a VHS tape, [that] we could put the tape in . . . and delete those years of difficulty and misery,” Mahony told the victims.
But many of those present and their advocates blamed Mahony and his lawyers for keeping pertinent files and records from the courts—to the point that some victims regretted that they would never learn the full truth. The settlement was reached two days before the first of the abuse trials was scheduled to start.