Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses are setting up victim compensation funds in the wake of a Pennsylvania grand jury report documenting decades of child sexual abuse by priests.
Bishop David Zubik of the Pittsburgh Diocese says the specifics of the fund will be announced by the end of the year.
The archdiocese of Philadelphia and the dioceses of Harrisburg, Scranton and Allentown disclosed information on their funds on Thursday. The Erie Diocese says it’s setting up a fund, but isn’t ready to disclose details.
The announcements don’t mention a total dollar amount or maximum individual payout.
“The survivors’ compensation program we are working to establish will be designed to create the best opportunity for recovery and healing to survivors,” Bishop Zubik said. “They continue to suffer as a result of their abuse and this program will help to provide for their ongoing needs.”
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