Friday, April 29, 2011

How much did the Mark Campobello cost the Rockford Catholic Diocese?

According to the Rockford Diocese’s Observer newspaper.  A $2,200,000 total settlement with diocese paying $500,000 and the rest from insurance.

May 18, 2007 * Settlement reached in abuse lawsuit

Settlement reached in abuse lawsuit
KANE COUNTY—The settlement of two civil lawsuits involving the Diocese of Rockford and Mark Campobello, a former priest of the diocese, filed by two women identified as Jane Doe and Jane Roe, was announced May 10, 2007. The diocese was able to work with the plantiffs and their counsels toward a resolution short of trial.

The settlement amounts are $1,150,000 and $1,050,000. The Rockford Diocese contributed from diocesan funds $250,000 toward each settlement, and insurance covered the remaining amounts.

Mark Campobello was removed from ministry on December 3, 2002, when he was arrested and formally charged with criminal conduct. Campobello was penalized by the church by being expelled from the priesthood by the Holy See on June 3, 2005, on the petition of Church authorities here. He is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for two Class II felony charges to which he pleaded guilty.

Although the settlement amounts were a heavy burden for the diocese, the diocese owed restorative justice to the two women for their injuries.

The Rockford Diocese reaffirms its pledge and commitment to ensure a safe environment for children and young people in its churches and schools, and restates its special care for and commitment to reaching out to victims of sexual abuse.

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