Chuck Zech

Professor of Economics at Villanova University

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Expert on church finances, and author of Why Catholics Don’t Give…and What Can Be Done About It and Professor of Economics at Villanova University, a Catholic university in Pennsylvania

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LA’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese , insurance companies and the orders of priests who engaged in sex abuse will  pay 660 million dollars  to settle fifteen suits brought by 508…

LA Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Case

LA’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese , insurance companies and the orders of priests who engaged in sex abuse will pay 660 million dollars to settle fifteen suits brought by 508…

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Last week, Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony announced the  settlement of 45 cases of child-sex abuse  by Roman Catholic priests worth a total of $60 million.

Cardinal Roger Mahony and Sex Abuse by Priests

Last week, Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony announced the settlement of 45 cases of child-sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests worth a total of $60 million.

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