Diocese To Sell Headquarters, Camp To Pay Judgments

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Vermont’s Roman Catholic Diocese is planning to sell its Burlington headquarters and a Lake Champlain children’s camp to help settle lawsuits by victims of priest sexual abuse.

Diocese Attorney Tom McCormick says the church is ready to relocate its offices and settle lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of altar boys by priests. There are currently 25 priest sex abuses cases pending and the diocese just reached an out-of-court settlement against a man who had been awarded nearly $9 million by a jury.

Jerome O’Neill, who represents former altar boys suing the Diocese, says the diocese could’ve done this a long time ago. He calls the church’s announcement a public-relations ploy, and he says actions speak louder than words.

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