Spokane, Wash. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, which filed for bankruptcy after being barraged with sex-abuse lawsuits, has offered a $45.7 million settlement to 75 people who say they were molested by priests.
Bishop William Skylstad, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, publicly apologized Wednesday to the victims "for the terrible wrongs inflicted on you in the past." He urged Catholics to accept the proposed settlement, which will require money from individual parishes.
Plaintiffs' lawyer James Stang said a committee representing alleged victims voted to recommend that the offer be accepted.