Sex abuse lawsuits will strain Catholic dioceses as faith and money collide

A half-century of pent-up anger and distress over sexual misconduct by New York’s Roman Catholic spiritual leaders will culminate next week.

Faith and money will collide.

Under a new state law, lawsuits seeking damages for past acts of rape or sexual abuse of children can be filed during a one-year window that opens Aug. 14.

Hundreds of abuse lawsuits are expected to name Catholic priests and other ministers, as well as the higher-ups that victims accuse of protecting and covering up for the abusers.

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