ERIE – The Catholic Diocese of Erie has suspended payments from a fund set aside for payments to clergy abuse victims because of economic impacts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"As a result of the economic turmoil caused by the onset of COVID-19, the Diocese of Erie has temporarily suspended its work with the Independent Survivors' Reparation Program effective March 20, 2020," the diocese stated in a press release. "The suspension will last at least 90 days."
The move will affect approximately 40 remaining claimants who have filed claims that have yet to be determined, according to the release.
All other claimants who have accepted settlements have already been paid; payments also will be made to those claimants whose payments are pending
Anyone with claims affected by the temporary suspension will be notified when the fund resumes processing claims.
The Catholic Diocese of Erie suspended all masses indefinitely as of March 17.
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NOTE: This article has been edited to remove a reference to the diocese declaring bankruptcy. The diocese has not declared bankruptcy.