Catholic religious order settles sex abuse claims for 166 million dollars.

According to a New York Times article appearing in Sunday's edition, and information gleaned from victim advocacy website bishopaccountability.org, the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus settled claims involving approximately 500 victims. According to the Times article, the settlement sum of $166 million is one of the largest abuse settlements of any kind by the Catholic Church. The plaintiffs alleged that a Jesuit order, the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, preyed on children as young as six or seven years old, many of whom were orphans or non-native English speakers. The plaintiffs also alleged that it was the policy of the organization to relocate abusive clergy members to the remote regions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Many states have extended statutes of limitation, allowing victims of this type of abuse to bring claims decades after the abuse occurred.