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Key Questions Need Answers Before Local Diocese Can Settle Lawsuits

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Aired 4/19/09

Maureen Cavanaugh (Guest Host): Last month, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to pay a $660-million settlement to 508 people who accused priests of sexual abuse. The settlement was the largest payout so far in the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. With the Los Angeles lawsuits essentially resolved, people now are starting to wonder if the San Diego case could be next to settle. The San Diego Diocese faces lawsuits from more than 150 people who claim they were victims of sexual abuse by local Catholic priests. What are the biggest roadblocks in the way of reaching a settlement in San Diego?

Guests

  • Mark Sauer, staff writer for the Union-Tribune who covers religion.
  • Scott B. Ehrlich, bankruptcy law professor at California Western School of Law.

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