Catholic Church in Davenport Settles Sex Abuse Claims for $37 Million

The Catholic Diocese of Davenport has agreed to settle 156 claims of sexual abuse by priests for $37 million after an intense 4 day mediation in Chicago. The priest sexual abuse claims date back as far as the late 1930’s. Some of the settlement will be put aside for future claims. The Diocese of Davenport is the last of five dioceses and archdioceses in the United States to reach a settlement after filing for bankruptcy. In September 2007, the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon settled its abuse claims for $51million with an additional $20 million set aside for future victims. The Dioceses of Spokane and Tuscon settled claims for $48 million and $22 million respectively.
However, the Davenport agreement is unique in that the survivors of sexual abuse will be able to speak about their experiences in church as well as to the press. This is perhaps a major victory in putting an end to the sexual exploitation and abuse of children in the Catholic Church.