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Monday 6 December 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Guam, Regional


Guam Catholic Church offers up to $US34m to sex abuse victims
Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Guam Photo: 123rf

Guam's Catholic Church has come up with a revised payment proposal of up to $US 34 million to those who claimed they were raped or sexually molested by priests and other clergy when they were minors, dating back to the 1950s.

That's more than 100,000 dollars for each sex abuse survivor if the award is based on equal amounts, although the process is far from over.

Clergy sex abuse survivors and other claimants would need to vote to accept or reject the plan from the Archdiocese of Agana.

The bankruptcy court's confirmation of the plan is also needed.

The plan aims to resolve the archdiocese's bankruptcy, while also ensuring that its parishes, schools and programmes remain open.

There are some 270 clergy sex abuse claims.

The archdiocese initially offered $US21 million in January 2020.

Most of the proposed pay-outs will come from the archdiocese's cash and real estate properties that will be transferred to a trust for the abuse survivors, and the rest will come from the archdiocese's two insurers, as well as contributions from Guam's Catholic parishes and schools.