Friday, May 25, 2007

RC Church Sells Up After Abuse Payouts

THE archdiocese of Boston, struggling financially after paying out millions of dollars in a child sex abuse scandal, has decided to sell its headquarters, the Boston Globe reported today.

The offices of the Roman Catholic Church were to be sold for $US65 million ($79m) to a local university, Boston College, according to the report.

Church officials were not immediately available to comment.

In September 2003, the archdiocese agreed to pay $US85 million to settle more than 500 civil suits accusing priests of sexual abuse and church officials of covering up the scandal.

A year later, the archdiocese announced it was closing some 65 parishes - representing around a fifth of its churches - due to financial problems and a fall in congregations.

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