Tentative $10M settlement in KC church abuse cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City and St. Joseph says a tentative $10 million deal has been reached to settle 47 sexual abuse claims against a dozen clergy or former clergy.

Bishop Robert W. Finn tells priests in a letter released late Tuesday night that the agreement is subject to his approval after he consults with two diocese boards.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the nonmonetary conditions included in the proposed settlement are more important than the money. They include the diocese publicly announcing and acknowledging the wrongfulness of sexual abuse by its priests.

The deal will settle all current sexual abuse lawsuits pending in Jackson County against the diocese and its priests for incidents alleged to have occurred between 1951 and 1992.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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