April 19, 2007 in City

Cost to the church

The Spokesman-Review

The clergy sex-abuse scandal in the Spokane Catholic Diocese will cost the church at least $50 million. The diocese has pledged $48 million to pay about 180 sex-abuse claims in bankruptcy court.

Abuse-related costs to the Catholic Church have exceeded $1.5 billion since 1950, according to a national report released by church leaders last week. There have been more than 13,000 molestation claims – most of which were alleged to have happened decades ago.

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