Monday, March 10, 2008

US Catholic church paid 615 mln dlrs for abuse cases in 2007: report

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The Roman Catholic church in the United States paid out 615 million dollars (400 million euros) last year for child sex abuse cases involving members of the clergy, or 54 percent more than the previous year, an official report showed Friday.

Of the monies paid out by the church, 526 million dollars went to settling cases -- almost double the amount paid out in 2006, the annual report on how well the church is implementing a charter to protect youngsters said.

Most victims were male, and more than half were between the ages of 10 and 14 when the abuse began.

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