Court proceedings have been on hold for more than a year following Bishop George Thomas' pledge to transparency and open access to records and accused priests' files.
Cardinal Roger Mahony, the Los Angeles archdiocese and an ex-priest agreed to settlements in four clergy abuse-related cases, totaling $9.9 million.
NCR Today: Sex abuse was on the front page of the Chicago Tribune with the release of 7,000 documents detailing the extent of the problem in the diocese of Joliet, Ill.
While Cardinal Roger Mahony entered the Sistine Chapel in Rome Tuesday to begin the process of electing the next pope, his name made headlines in his home diocese for other reasons.
The cardinal, the Los Angeles archdiocese and an ex-priest agreed to settlements in four clergy abuse-related cases, totaling $9.9 million. The settlements are the first since the late January court-ordered release of 12,000 pages of abuse-related documents, and Mahony’s ban from public and administrative duties in the archdiocese.
The next pope must be "very aware" of the need for vigilance in preventing clergy sex abuse, said Chicago's Cardinal Francis George.
Opinion: The cost was calculated in dollars, trust, respect and faith, but the cost must also include the loss of truth.
Revelations from a December 2012 finance report from Los Angeles have kept focus on how the archdiocese plans to fund the largest abuse settlement in U.S. history.
Some of the sexual abuse survivors who filed claims against the Milwaukee archdiocese in bankruptcy court will go to trial as test cases to determine who might be eligible for damages.
A recent United Nations committee report says the United States fails to pursue and prosecute clergy guilty of child sex abuse.
New documents tell the story of a widow who gave everything to the Legion and how the group's cover-up is part of something bigger.