PA Dioceses Begin Setup Of Abuse Compensation Funds

Seven Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania have taken steps to set up victim compensation funds, nearly three months after a chilling grand jury report documented decades of child sexual abuse by priests in the state. The Harrisburg, Scranton, Allentown and Philadelphia dioceses issued public announcements last week, and a lawyer for the Greensburg Diocese said it is also involved. The Erie and Pittsburgh dioceses said they were setting up funds but were not ready to disclose details. Altoona-Johnstown said it set up a victim fund in 1999.The announcements did not mention a total dollar amount for the funds or their maximum potential individual payouts.