It’s hard not to be cynical after all this time. The Archdiocese of Boston,according to news reports, is sitting on a windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars after it sells off all the property that’s closing and divesting, (although that is undoubtedly a huge exaggeration.) So now we have the same lawyers who made millions off the $85 million settlement for sex abuse victims last year coming forward with 140 new claims of abuse.
Okay, undoubtedly there continues to be some abuse and there may even be a few more people who didn’t come forward the first time. But 140 of them? Of course, the lawyers have their excuses:
Asked why the alleged victims came forward only after last year’s settlement, Garabedian said long delays in filing complaints are not unusual, given the stigma attached to making such allegations, and the emotional strain on those making them.
“These are the results of the wholesale molestation of children over a period of 50 years or more. It would be naive to think that this would culminate in five or six years. It occurred over decades, it will come out over decades,” he said.
Meanwhile, the archdiocese said it wouldn’t be entering any settlement talks on new cases until it had settled its disputes with the insurance companies balking at paying previous claims. Other lawyers appear to be patient, but Garabedian can’t wait so he’s wielding his verbal machete when a scalpel would be appropriate: “They always seem to have an excuse,” said Garabedian. “I’m just preparing for trial.”