HARRISBURG – The Valley’s Roman Catholic Diocese is continuing its efforts to provide compensation to those abused by clergy. In a news release, Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese says they are moving forward with developing a Survivor’s Compensation Program. The program will begin early next year and will be led by attorney Kenneth Feinberg, along with colleague Camille Biros. Feinberg has specialized in administering similar types of victims programs.
The program will provide financial resources and other assistance to survivors, in addition to the services and help already being provided. The Diocese says the money for this program will come from its reserve, unrestricted Diocesan accounts, and the yield from Diocesan investments.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued a statement today on the announcement of the program:
“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.”