"Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious." - Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1972
PDN: Dozens of church abuse suits to be settled out of court
Attorney David Lujan says the Catholic church would be foolish not to agree to settlements through the Hope and Healing arbitration program. Haidee V. Eugenio/PDN
The attorney representing dozens of people who have accused priests, the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America of child sexual abuse on Thursday announced plans to settle their lawsuits out of court.
During a status hearing Thursday morning in the U.S. District Court of Guam in connection with the cases, attorney David Lujan told Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan that he wants to postpone further court action, pending out-of-court settlements or alternative dispute resolution.
Lujan's clients have sued in federal court, asking for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
The goal is to have the cases resolved by Sept. 1, Lujan stated. He said he will file documents with the court, requesting a stay on the cases, Monday or Tuesday.
Manibusan congratulated parties in the case for finding an alternative dispute resolution.