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Abuse Victims React to Multi-Million Dollar Church Settlement

The San Diego Catholic Diocese today reached a settlement of nearly $200 million with victims of childhood sexual abuse by priests. The agreement would give victims an average of $1.4 million. KPBS re

Abuse Victims React to Multi-Million Dollar Church Settlement

( Photo : Victims respond to the ruling outside the Federal courthouse downtown. Alison St John/KPBS News .)

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The San Diego Catholic Diocese today reached a settlement of nearly $200 million with victims of childhood sexual abuse by priests. The agreement would give victims an average of $1.4 million. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego's Bishop Brom said he prayed the settlement will bring closure and healing to victims who experienced years of suffering.

Speaking outside the federal courthouse, plaintiff Michael Bang said he was abused for seven years .

<b> Bang </b> : I want to make sure that this information gets out, that the public understands that this was going on for decades -- not just a couple of years but decades -- and they moved these priests around, and they knew it was going on, and they have to take responsibility for this now.
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The diocese has also agreed to allow documents about the abuse and the perpetrators to be released. The information will eventually be on a web site designed to record the history of the cases, many of which occurred decades ago.

Alison St John, KPBS News.