Nuns' Home Will Fund Priest Sex Abuse Payment

LA archdiocese, facing $660M settlement, issues eviction notice
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2007 10:32 AM CDT
In this file photo, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAP, protest outside Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, seat of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in September 2006. The...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The LA Archdiocese has notified three nuns that their Santa Barbara convent will be sold to help pay the $660 million settlement with victims of sexual abuse by priests. They received only a letter requesting they vacate by year's end, the Los Angeles Times reports. “We're not even worth a phone call,” said the 69-year-old superior.

The archdiocese says it will sell as many as 50 non-parish holdings to satisfy the record settlement, which was reached in July. The three Santa Barbara nuns, who work with the poor and undocumented, live rent-free in the small house and otherwise largely support themselves. They may be bound for Los Angeles, where their order owns its own convent.