A few days ago, Susan Matthews, a blogger advocating for the protection of children and reform in the Catholic Church on a blog called Catholics4Change, discussed the proposed Bishop’s Compensation Fund. The proposed fund would allow the church to control the amount of money paid out to victims/survivors and allow the Dioceses some damage control.
This Compensation Fund is not one of the recommendations in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report. It is a church recommendation that is more of an effort to stop Statute of Limitation changes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and prevent a window that would allow survivors to seek justice in the courts. I am completely opposed to allowing the hierarchy of the Catholic Church control of any part of the settlement of victim/survivor grievances against predator priests and the hierarchy that protected them.
You can read Susan Matthews’ blog post by clicking this link:
Bishops’ Victim Compensation Plans Ignores Greater Good
Susan and her co-editor, Kathy Kane operate out of the Philadelphia area and have produced a lot of good work. I highly recommend reading the site and following it for future updates.