The Archdiocese of Chicago announced a $12.6 million settlement for 16 survivors of sexual assault by priests. Along with the financial settlement, the Archdiocese of Chicago also awarded survivors private apologies and a public apology by Cardinal Francis George, USA Today reports.
In the public apology, George said he hoped the settlements would help survivors and their families recover and continue their lives. For the future, George said, "We must continue to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of the children in our care," according to the Associated Press.
A deposition made by Cardinal Francis George in the latest lawsuits was made public. In this statement, George conceded that he should have removed Daniel McCormack, a priest who had abused five children, at the recommendation of the archdiocese review board after McCormack's arrest in 2005. Two of the 16 cases relate to accusations against McCormack.
Survivor Therese Albrecht, 48, said of her abuse and the settlement case, "I'm very grateful I survived this. I didn't think I would." Albrecht had been raped and sodomized by Rev. Joseph R. Bennett as a child. When she reported her abuse as an adult, she felt the Archdiocese did not believe her claims, the Associated Press reports.
Media Resources: Associated Press, 8/13/08; USA Today, 8/13/08; Archdiocese of Chicago, 8/14/08
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10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .