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Alleged Abuse Victims React To Settlement Talks

Jun 20, 2002 | WCVB

Several people who claim that defrocked priest John Geoghan abused them reacted Thursday to a new development in the scandal surrounding the Catholic Church.

NewsCenter 5's Jack Harper said that legal maneuverings have been suspended in other abuse cases while the Boston Archdiocese and attorneys for alleged victims try to reach a settlement.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian said that he wants nothing to do with any proposed settlement talks that are going on between the church and the people represented by two other attorneys.

Garabedian said that he is planning to go to trial to force the church to live up to the agreement that they bailed out of with the 86 alleged victims of Geoghan.

"I don't believe this business about them not having enough money. They have more than enough money, but they know they do. They assured me during the settlement agreement discussion for 11.5 months where the money was coming from," Garabedian said.

Garabedian and his clients are upset that the church is trying to work out another settlement with other abuse victims represented by attorneys Jeffrey Newman and Eric MacLeish.

"What is to prevent the Archdiocese of Boston from doing in these new settlement agreement discussions, exactly what they did in the Geoghan settlement discussions? Nothing. Someone has to put their foot down. Someone has to make a statement. Someone has to show the archdiocese that these victims are not afraid of them any longer. They don't feel guilty. They understand that they have to proceed with this. It is very important that the Archdiocese of Boston gets that message

"Everything seems to be a sham with these people. You think we are going to trust these people again after what they had done to us? All they knew how to do was re-victimize and when this happened to each and every one of us, they never tried to contact us. They only tried to contact the priests to see how they were doing," alleged victim Patrick McSorley.

Other victims said that they will never trust the church again.

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