Montana Judge Approves Church Abuse Settlement
Amid revelations on Tuesday of sexual abuse by more than 300 Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, a federal bankruptcy judge in Montana approved a $20 million settlement between the Diocese of Great Falls/ Billings and several dozen survivors of sexual abuse. The settlement ended a seven-year lawsuit involving 86 plaintiffs who said they had been sexually abused by Catholic priests and nuns from the 1950s through the 1990s, according to a news release from the law firm which represents 38 of the victims. The Diocese filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2017, just months before numerous jury trials were scheduled to begin. The lawsuit marks the 15th filed by a Catholic Diocese in the United States related to alleged abuse by the clergy. The Diocese of Helena filed a similar suit in 2012. Get the whole story online at; KTVQ.com.