Catholic Diocese Of Harrisburg Pays Out More Than $12 Million In Compensation To Survivors Of Clergy Sex Abuse

The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg says more than a hundred survivors of clergy sex abuse accepted payouts of just over $12 million with the average payout being $114,000. The Diocese of Harrisburg made the announcement on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the release of the landmark grand jury report into child sex crimes in the Catholic Church across Pennsylvania. In a written statement, diocesan officials noted that 112 survivors had participated in the compensation program; 106 had accepted offers. The diocese launched its compensation program in February. Those wishing to apply for compensation had to do so by mid-May. The Harrisburg Diocese includes parishes in 15 Central PA counties including Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland Counties.