Church Pews

Pittsburgh Diocese Will Create Victims’ Compensation Fund

November 08, 2018 - 12:31 pm

By Jennifer Bloodworth for NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The Diocese of Pittsburgh will establish a new independent survivors' compensation fund.

The fund and listening sessions Bishop David Zubik will hold in the coming weeks are part of a review process following the state grand jury report on child sex abuse by priests.

The diocese says no donor money will be used in the fund. Specific details will be announced before the end of the year.

This is the second fund of its kind; the first was established in 2007.


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia  and the Diocese of Greensburg also announced similar funds Thursday.

Victim advocates have previously called said church-funded compensation funds are insufficient, calling for a two-year window that would allow any survivor of any age to sue.

Survivors and advocates are also calling for a complete repeal of all statutes of limitations for child sex abuse.

The state house passed a bill that would do both earlier this year. The Senate failed to pass the measure.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following statement on the funds: 

“It’s now clear that the Dioceses acknowledge the Grand Jury accurately unearthed horrific and extensive abuse and cover up and, as a result, victims deserve compensation no matter when their abuse happened,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “However, the Grand Jury recommended that victims deserve their day in court – not that the church should be the arbiter of its own punishment. These undefined compensation funds do not give a pass to lawmakers – the Legislature should return to Harrisburg, do their jobs and pass the Grand Jury’s four reforms.”

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