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Archdiocese of LA Pays $60 million to Settle 45 Claims of Sexual Abuse

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The LA Times is reporting that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony announced early this morningthat 45 victims of sexual abuse by clergymen will be awarded $60 million in an out-of-court settlement. However, the 45 claims only represent 8% of the 562 alleged cases of sexual abuse by priests.

Cardinal Mahony has been the target of much criticism here in Los Angeles for failing to deal with alleged priest pedophilia properly -- this settlement will mark the first major effort by the LA Archdiocese in correcting the damage.

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