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Church May Borrow to Settle Claims

Sunday, 05 May 2002 12:00 AM

Chancellor David W. Smith told the Boston Globe that it would take months to determine how much would be needed to finance such a fund.

Smith declined to estimate the potential size of the "non-litigious global assistance fund," saying that the archdiocese must first estimate the number of new claims and the extent of insurance.

However, the newspaper reported that the lead lawyer representing pedophile John J. Geoghan's alleged victims said he would ask a Suffolk Superior Court judge Monday for permission to depose Cardinal Bernard F. Law.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian also said he would consider filing suit to enforce the settlement, worth an estimated $15 million to $30 million, rejected Friday by the 15-member archdiocesan Finance Council.

"They have breached their contract with me and my victims, and I will be making that case in court," he told the Globe.

Garabedian negotiated the settlement for 86 clients. The agreement was reached in March after 11 months of negotiations. The Boston archdiocese already has paid an estimated $15 million to 40 alleged Geoghan victims.

The Geoghan lawsuits sparked the archdiocese's abuse scandal. Geoghan is serving a 9- to 10-year sentence after being convicted of molesting a 10-year-old boy.

Besides the shell-shocked Boston diocese, examples of other venues taking a beating are:

The diocese of Santa Fe, N.M. ponyed-up $50 million to victims after 20 priests were relieved from duties.

The diocese of Dallas, Tex. paid out $31 million to 11 plaintiffs after the Reverend Rudolph Kos was convicted on seven counts of child abuse. (The original court order threatened to bankrupt the Dallas Archdiocese until the settlement was reduced. Finally, the diocese was forced to sell off property, including an abandoned school.)

The diocese of Bridgeport, Conn. settled a civil case against six priests for undisclosed millions.

The diocese of Santa Rosa, Ca. paid four plaintiffs $1.6 million after minister Donald Kimball was convicted of abuse.

In Louisiana, an undisclosed settlement was reached in a case involving the complaints of 37 boys against Gilbert Gauthe, a parish priest.

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