Report: LI diocese settles with 300 alleged abuse victims

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Long Island's Catholic diocese has reportedly paid large settlements for alleged priest abuse.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre’s special compensation program co-administrator told Newsday that nearly 300 men and women have received money since the program started last fall.

Some victims' lawyers say the awards range from about $25,000 to $500,000 each.

In exchange, the victims agreed not to sue the church.

This comes as every New York diocese is under state investigation for its handling of child-abuse claims.

As News 12 has reported, Rockville Centre Bishop John Barres was named in the massive Pennsylvania report on priest abuse and cover-ups.

However, Barres says that state report is wrong for saying he covered up for a priest when he was bishop of Allentown.

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