DIOCESE OF ORLANDO FL
By Cary McMullen firstname.lastname@example.org
The diocese released its report on abuse cases in a letter from Bishop Norbert Dorsey that published in the Feb. 5 edition of The Florida Catholic Magazine. The diocese includes a dozen parishes and missions in Polk County.
According to the letter, 36 people claimed they were molested. The totals do not include an incident involving Peter Uniowski, who was removed as pastor of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lakeland in March 2003 over allegations of inappropriate conduct with a 12-year-old girl.
According to Dorsey's letter, the diocese paid more than $3.4 million in settlements in 1985. Since he became bishop in 1990, Dorsey stated, the diocese has paid a total of $566,291 in settlements and an additional $293,022 for victim assistance, counseling and medications.
A report released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Jan. 6 stated that the diocese has not entered into any confidentiality agreements since June 2002. Dorsey's letter did not say whether there were any confidential settlements before that.
The report commended the diocese for its compliance with guidelines to prevent and deal with sex abuse cases.
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