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Report: Hartford archdiocese paid $50.6M to settle priests’ sex abuse claims

January 22, 2019

The Archdiocese of Hartford is expected to disclose it paid $50.6 million to settle more than 140 sex abuse claims against priests.

The Hartford Courant reported the million settlement amount was shared with area clergy on Monday.

Twenty credible claims were made against one priest in the diocese.

Church officials, including Archbishop Leonard Blair, met with priests at the St. Thomas Seminary to share details of the report.

The archdiocese is also expected to announce that it is hiring former state Judge Antonio Robaina to do an independent review of church records from 1953, the Courant reported.

Last October, the Bridgeport Diocese announced it paid $52.5 million to settle 156 allegations of sex abuse claims since the early 1950s. The diocese covers 82 Roman Catholic parishes in Fairfield County.

The Bridgeport Diocese total was disclosed in a financial accountability report released by Bishop Frank Caggiano.

Caggiano said at the time of the report’s release, “My heart breaks at the harm to victims and betrayal of the faithful caused by the sin of abuse, and the Church’s repeated failure to act decisively and transparently to protect young people. I wish to express my heartfelt apology to all those affected by this tragedy. I also recognize that restoring trust will require the heroic witness of holiness on the part of every priest, especially myself.”

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