A Roman Catholic diocese in Delaware agreed to settle 142 claims of sexual abuse
by priests for $77 million, a spokesman for the diocese said
The settlement by the Wilmington diocese is roughly $3 million more than the
diocese proposed in mid-January, when it said payouts would likely range from
$75,000 to $3 million per victim, depending on the severity of the alleged
The diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2009 due to mounting sex abuse claims
dating as far back as the 1950s.
In the United States, Roman Catholic archdioceses have collectively paid some