BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says its clergy abuse compensation program rejected more than half the claims filed by alleged victims while awarding 127 people an average of $160,000.
The diocese Tuesday released final results of the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program established last year amid scrutiny of the diocese’s handling of claims of sex abuse against priests.
To date, it has paid out $17.6 million.
The program was administered by two retired judges tasked with considering only previously reported claims and setting award amounts. The diocese says it filed numerous objections to claims that hadn’t been reported prior to the program’s March 2018 start.
In all, 262 claims were filed before the June 1, 2018, deadline and 135 were rejected as ineligible. Award amounts ranged from $2,000 to $650,000.