The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is on the verge of an agreement to spend $650 million to settle more than 500 claims of alleged sex abuse against Roman Catholic clergy, the Los Angeles Times reports. The deal, which would be the largest settlement in the 5-year-old clergy-abuse scandal, comes as the first of the cases is sceduled to go to trial Monday.
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, at the helm of the largest diocese in the country, settled claims that arose since 1985 a year ago,with $60 million going to 45 people. Unlike that deal, this settlement involves dozens of insurance companies as well as more than 30 Catholic orders. Mahony has been meeting individually with alleged abuse victims. (Read more clergy abuse scandal stories.)