Listen: Top Pennsylvania Catholic leader vows to ensure abuses 'never recur'
"We learn more this week about priests sexually abusing young people in their care more about the number. Of victims and more about how Catholic leaders have. Covered up these crimes as the scale of the scandal has grown so has the cost to the Catholic church lawsuits brought by victims have, forced diocese to page settlements totaling more than three billion dollars plus the cost to the church Has reputation, more on all this now from NPR's Tom gjelten after grand. Juries in Pennsylvania this week. Reported what they'd learned about the abuse of. As many as a thousand children by Catholic priests they offered some recommendations among them that victims should have more time to sue for damages beyond what statutes of limitation currently. Allow that would open the door to even, more lawsuits bigger settlements and probably more diocese. Going bankrupt attorney James staying who represents groups of abuse victims has so far lead bankruptcy litigation in about a dozen diocese The montana Spokane, Washington watchdog, it's Milwaukee Wilmington Delaware stinks. Has church payments to abuse victims won't, make up for. Their suffering but it's important he's has to hold church leaders accountable for their negligence. In allowing abuse to happen I don't like the word healing 'cause it's too. Much of an individual process but I think at, the end of the day that accountability is demonstrated by the payment of money in all nineteen Catholic diocese in religious orders in the United States have filed for bankruptcy protection because of lawsuits brought against them by abuse victims that. From the group Bishop accountability the image of the Catholic church. Has also taken a hit the Pew Research firm found earlier this year that. The abuse crisis has tainted the reputation of pope Francis among Catholics and non-catholics alike at. The Catholic university of America Stephen Schneck specializes in the role of the Catholic. Church in American public life he says his conversations with Catholics have led him to think the abuse crisis. Will have far reaching effects one, set of. Catholic currents Said that they were thinking about taking their children out of Catholic schools as a result of this I. Mean that's just a hint So it will impact everything indeed the potential cost of this crisis to the. Catholic church, alarms even, some who are critics father Thomas Reese adjusts with priest who has had harsh words for many in the church hierarchy worries for example that church. Bankruptcies and huge out of. Court settlements won't necessarily have. Much of an impact on the, church leaders who bear personal responsibility, for crimes you don't punish the, Bishop he's not gonna be hurt if the bat diet goes bankrupt what. You're, punishing is the parameters the school children and the donors the, people in the pews who have given money for particular church projects actually even though this abuse crisis has been years in the making it may be too soon to know what. Final effect will have on the,"