Catholic Dioceses in L.A., O.C. and San Bernardino Among 6 to Create Clergy Abuse Compensation Program

Six Roman Catholic dioceses in California are creating a program to compensate people who were sexually abused by priests as children, in return for them promising not to sue.

The program announced Tuesday includes the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the dioceses of Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego. Together, they cover 36 counties and some 10 million Catholics, or about 80% of the state’s Catholics.

The compensation program is “part of our effort to own and atone...

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