Catholic Diocese of Richmond to offer settlements to victims who won't sue

Posted at 4:50 AM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 13:58:09-05

RICHMOND, Va. - The Catholic Diocese of Richmond says it will offer monetary settlements to sexual abuse victims if they give up the right to sue.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the diocese announced the offer on Monday.

Richmond Bishop Barry Knestout said in a press release that the offer is "the best course for our diocese to reach a just reconciliation with our victim survivors.”

The diocese said it does not know how much money will be needed for such settlements. Victims who want to participate must initiate a claim by April 3 and file the claim by May 15.