It seems like it would be a better idea to simply make the Catholic church a safe place for kids… right?
The report said the archdiocese spent $8.8 million over the past decade on costs related to clergy misconduct. That does not include settlements and other payments made by the archdiocese’s insurance company, the report said.
The archdiocese spent more than $6.2 million on cases involving misconduct with minors, assisting the victim and abuser, the report said. That includes $2.3 million for legal settlements, $1.8 million for victim support such as counseling and therapy, and $566,000 in legal fees.
The money could have been better spent. It’s not like the area is free of needy families or the homeless. I can remember wondering where the money I dropped into the collection plate when. I never considered that the destination would be a lawyer. What a total waste of resources.