Catholic Diocese Paying Over Six Million

To Victims of Sexual Abuse

October 15, 2020 - 5:03 pm

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Richmond, Va. ( - The Catholic Diocese of Richmond today revealed it is paying $6.3 million to 51 victims of sexual abuse.   The payments came as part of the diocese's Independent Reconciliation Program.

Bishop Barry C. Knestout said “It is part of the commitment I made more than two years ago that the Diocese of Richmond would provide a tangible sign, a practical expression to bring about healing for victimsurvivors. While no monetary payment will ever compensate for what victim survivors experienced, I believe the Independent Reconciliation Program is one way and the best course for our diocese to express justice.”

The Diocese had no inout on the claims.  The Diocese also says it is encouraging any victims of abuse to come forward.  No Parish money, nor church contributions were used to fund the claims; instead the money came from self-insurance, a loan, and where appropriate, other religious orders.