Diocese Of Ogdensburg To Compensate Victims Of Clergy Sexual AbusePosted: Updated:
The Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg has created a program to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.
The announcement was made Thursday by Bishop Terry LaValley. The diocese says 38 people are eligible and have been contacted.
According to the diocese, 20 priests were accused of sexual abuse in incidents dating back to the 1940s.
The "Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program" will be run by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, who were administrators of the World Trade Center compensation program, as well as similar IRCP programs that have been undertaken by other dioceses in New York state.
“The IRCP further expresses our contrition to the victims who have reported clergy sexual abuse to the Diocese and is intended to assist in their desire to find healing and peace. We can never make them whole or give them back what has been taken from them, but we hope that this will help bring healing to the deep wounds suffered by these innocent victims,” said LaValley in a news release.
Feinberg and Camille Biros will evaluate the claims of those who have previously reported incidents of clergy sex abuse to the diocese and determine what compensation will be awarded.
The Diocese of Ogdensburg will take a long-term loan to cover all costs of compensating victim-survivors. The diocese will not use money contributed by parishioners to support parishes, schools or charitable works to fund the IRCP, nor will it use funds from the annual Bishop’s Fund Appeal, any capital campaign donations or gifts to a specific ministry or apostolate.
To learn more about the Independent Reconciliation Program of the Diocese of Ogdensburg can visit www.OgdensburgDioceseIRCP.com.
Inquiries about eligibility for the IRCP should be directed via email at claimant services@OgdensburgDioceseIRCP.com
or by calling the IRCP’s toll-free line at 833-718-2719.