The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph agreed to pay $10 million to settle 30 lawsuits that alleged sexual abuse by priests. That action came on the eve of jury deliberations after an 11-day trial in a case filed by a former altar boy, and it brings to about $17 million the amount the diocese has paid to plaintiffs in civil cases in the past 15 months.
The diocese said a large portion of the settlement will be covered by insurers, with the balance being paid by the diocese. The 30 lawsuits were filed from September 2010 through February 2014. They involved 13 current and former priests — several of whom have died — and alleged sexual abuse going back decades, from 1963 to 1987.