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Just over $40 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion has been paid to 189 peo­ple who iden­ti­fied them­selves as vic­tims of clergy sex abuse, the Arch­dio­cese of New York said in a re­port re­leased Thurs­day.

The arch­dio­cese noted the In­de­pen­dent Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and Com­pen­sa­tion Pro­gram ended on Nov. 30 but some ad­di­tional claims are still be­ing pro­cessed. Money for the pay­outs came through a long-term loan.

Me­di­a­tors Ken Fein­berg and Camille Biros eval­u­ated vic­tim claims and de­ter­mined com­pen­sa­tion.

Arch­dio­cese spokesman Joseph Zwill­ing said he did not have a spe­cific break­down of how much each re­cip­i­ent re­ceived; some of the vic­tims’ claims date back decades. The pay­outs av­er­aged $211,600.

The eight-page re­port also sum­ma­rized ef­forts by the church to com­bat sex­ual abuse. “The crime and sin of the sex­ual abuse of mi­nors has sur­faced in ev­ery seg­ment of so­ci­ety — schools, fam­i­lies, Hol­ly­wood, sports teams, youth groups, gov­ern­ment pro­grams for youth, re­li­gion — re­ally, any group or or­ga­ni­za­tion that brings adult and mi­nors into con­tact,” the re­port said. “For­tu­nately, for the Catholic Church, such hor­rors are now mostly con­fined to the past. That does not mean our work is over.”

The arch­dio­cese said it has hired former law-en­force­ment of­fi­cers with ex­pe­ri­ence in sex­ual abuse to con­duct “spot checks” of parishes and schools. To date, the arch­dio­cese says it has con­ducted over 126,000 back­ground checks of per­son­nel, in­clud­ing of seminarians, dea­cons, pri­ests and vol­un­teers.

Dio­ce­ses in Brook­lyn and on Long Is­land also are par­tic­i­pat­ing in vic­tim-com­pen­sa­tion pro­grams.

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