Sunday, March 23, 2003

Settlements reached in two church cases



The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Settlements have been reached in two more lawsuits alleging sexual abuse and filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville.

The settlements were reached through mediation.

The amounts are being kept confidential at the plaintiffs' request, said Brian Reynolds, chancellor and chief administrative officer of the archdiocese.

"We have said all along we would work toward resolution through mediation," Reynolds said.

"I'm pleased for the ability of the litigants to put this part of their life behind them."

Both plaintiffs are prosecution witnesses in criminal indictments against the people they have accused.

Robert M. Davis alleges former teacher Joseph Ben Greene III abused him when Greene taught at Ascension School.

In the other case, Janet Goodner alleges that former priest Bruce Ewing abused her when she was a teenager attending St. Vincent de Paul Church, where Ewing was assigned.

Davis is "pleased that the case is resolved and that he can get on with his life," said Joseph White, Davis' attorney.

"The most important thing for Janet Goodner was not the money as much as getting through the process, the emotional aspect of it, and getting the closure," said her attorney, Kevin George.




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