US church abuse victims close to settlement

A multi-million dollar settlement between more than 500 alleged victims of clergy sex abuse and the Boston Archdiocese appeared to be nearly completed today following two days of secret negotiations.

A multi-million dollar settlement between more than 500 alleged victims of clergy sex abuse and the Boston Archdiocese appeared to be nearly completed today following two days of secret negotiations.

A source close to the talks would not confirm reports that there was a deal in hand worth about €75m.

Archbishop Sean O’Malley had vowed to bring a speedy resolution to the legal claims.

During the last two weeks, the two sides had narrowed the gap between the archdiocese’s original offer and the money sought by the victims.

Installed in July to lead the US’s fourth-largest Roman Catholic diocese, O’Malley quickly took an influential role in the lawsuit settlement negotiations.

He replaced Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned after a barrage of criticism over his handling of sex abuse allegations.

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