Three years after paying more than $20 million to close almost 30 priest misconduct lawsuits, Vermont’s Catholic Church settled a dozen new cases Wednesday just minutes before the first was set for trial.
state’s largest religious denomination had hoped to rid itself of
nearly a decade of lurid headlines and legal headaches in 2010 when it
sold its historic 32-acre Burlington headquarters and 26-acre Colchester
Camp Holy Cross to make good with all its then-known accusers.
settlement didn’t preclude other former altar boys and young male
churchgoers alleging sexual abuse from filing later lawsuits.
for the first of 12 new plaintiffs were scheduled to argue their case
in U.S. District Court in Burlington Wednesday at 10 a.m.
for the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese offered a settlement just
minutes before the start of opening statements.
counsel Thomas McCormick nor Burlington lawyer Jerome O’Neill,
representing all but two of the three dozen past and present plaintiffs,
would reveal the amount of the settlement.