SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse has concluded its settlement program to compensate victims of sexual abuse by its clergy.
On Ash Wednesday 2018, Bishop Robert Cunningham announced the program, in which people who had already filed a claim against the diocese would be included.
The program was administered by outside attorneys, Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, known for settling 9/11 and BP Oil Spill claim.
The victims were notified and invited into the process which included, in some cases, sitting down with Feinberg and Biros. The attorneys then determined what a fair monetary settlement would be, and the victim could accept or reject that offer.
- Total number of claims: 88
- Total number of cases resolved: 79
- Number of ineligible: 3
- Number of non-responses: 4
- Number of those who declined: 2
- Compensation costs: $10,922,500
- Administrative costs: $1,570,593
- Total costs: $12,493,093
The settlements were paid by the Diocese’s liability insurance, not any donation made by its parishioners.
A diocese report reads, “Beyond the insurance fund, the diocese did not use monies given by the faithful to support parishes, schools, the annual HOPE Appeal, the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese, the Cathedral Restoration Fund, Catholic Charities, or any other charitable fund in the diocese.”
The report continues: “Although this concludes the IRCP program, there is more to do. The Diocese of Syracuse continues to encourage any individual who may have been harmed by a member of the diocesan clergy to come forward and report the allegation to the local District Attorney and/or the Victim Assistance Coordinator.”