Catholic bishops in California on May 14 announced the establishment of a new compensation program that will be available to any person who has been abused in the past by diocesan priests of the participating dioceses, no matter when that abuse might have occurred.

The new Independent Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests is independent from Church control and will be administered by a third-party. Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, nationally known mediators and private compensation program administrators, will design and administer the program.

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