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Orange County CA diocese reaches settlement in 87 abuse cases

[JURIST] The Catholic Diocese of Orange County, CA, has reached a settlement with 87 victims over alleged clergy abuse that is larger than the $85 million settlement agreed to by the Boston Archdiocese last year. The terms of the agreement reached Thursday were not released under an order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Owen Lee Kwong. Church officials said the settlement would not bankrupt the diocese or require the closing of any parishes. Settlement negotiations have been underway for two years, but picked up again this week after months of being stalled.The diocese has more on sexual misconduct claims. AP has more.

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