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Archdiocese of St.Paul in Minnesota Settles Abuse Case for $210 million

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Jim Keenan, a survivor of clergy sexual abuse, after a settlement was announced Thursday. Jim Keenan, a survivor of clergy sexual abuse, after a settlement was announced Thursday.

St. Paul, Minn. (WEEK) -- The St. Paul, Minnesota Archdiocese of Minnesota settled Thursday for $210 million for hundreds of victims caught up in clergy sexual abuse. According to the New York Times, The Archdiocese is the country's most high profile case involving the Roman Catholic Church.

According to Terry McKiernan, Co-Director and president of BishipAccountability.org, If the settlement is approved, this will be the largest settlement of its kind involving an archdiocese that has filed for bankruptcy protection.  BishopAccountability.org tracks clergy sexual abuse cases nation wide, and according to te website, the largest settlement was previously $660 Million in Los Angeles; 508 survivors in 2007)

“Survivors are getting, on average, substantial settlements for what they suffered, and that’s really important,” Mr. McKiernan said of the Minnesota case. 

The settlement is pending approval from a judge and 450 survivors according to the New York Times.  Their Lawyer, Jeff Anderson says he expects them to vote in favor of the outcome. 

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