Dio­cese sets up fund for sex-abuse vic­tims

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A Ro­man Catholic dio­cese in sub­ur­ban New York is cre­at­ing an in­de­pen­dent com­pen­sa­tion pro­gram for peo­ple who were sex­u­ally abused by priests.

News­day re­ports the Dio­cese of Rockville Cen­tre on Long Is­land sent letters this week to peo­ple who pre­vi­ously have filed com­plaints.

The dio­cese is the eighth largest in the United States.

The com­pen­sa­tion pro­gram will be mod­eled af­ter ones es­tab­lished in the Arch­dio­cese of New York and the Dio­cese of Brook­lyn dur­ing the past year.

Vic­tims deemed el­i­gi­ble for fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion must agree not to pur­sue le­gal ac­tion against the church in the fu­ture to col­lect. Rockville Cen­tre’s pro­gram could in­volve dozens of cases of al­leged abuse, some dat­ing back decades. De­vel­oper of­fers to buy Seuss mu­seum mu­ral deemed of­fen­sive:

A real es­tate de­vel­oper and his part­ner have of­fered to buy a mu­ral fea­tur­ing a Chi­nese char­ac­ter from a Dr. Seuss book af­ter it was deemed of­fen­sive. The mu­seum, in the au­thor’s home town of Spring­field, Mass., said the mu­ral will be re­placed af­ter three chil­dren’s au­thors said it con­tained a “jar­ring racial stereo­type.” Chi­nese Amer­i­can de­vel­oper Andy Yee and busi­ness­man Peter Pick­nelly an­nounced Satur­day they will buy the mu­ral if it’s re­moved. Pick­nelly called the crit­i­cism “po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness gone in­sane.” Mayor Domenic Sarno says he wants the mu­ral to re­main in the mu­seum.

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