what I don't understand is if its false..why does the church settle? why do they not WANT it to go to court?
Sheye I want you to know I'm glad you decided to come back. Thank You for what you just said, and I'll say the same back to you. I pressed you very hard, when I should have just let it go. I'm glad you decided to return, the Blackvault wants everyone welcome, and able to express opinions.
The answer to the above question is pretty simple at least in the United States. We have something known as Deep Pockets Lawsuits. This firm is a perfect example if you look at them, aside from just clery cases, what do they represent? Almost all of them settlements and suits where juries may not sypathize too much when the little guy has been wronged by the giant (who just happens to have money). Juries award huge awards agains insurance companies, corparate giants, Worldwide Churches like the Catholics, governement equal oppotunity employers, etc etc. Class action lawsuits forinstance involve many clients in one suit. Suits like Asbestos exposures, use landmark judgments against megacorporations that make these products dating back 40 years. People see TV adds or get mailers, and joint into these class action suits. The settle for huge sums because juries will award very big awards that are far greater. The process of USA civil lawsuits many times represents the worst in our legal system.
On a small scale, "ambulance chasers" turn a fender bender and tap on your rear bumper into quick settlement of the maximum of your liability coverage. They know what it costs just to take it to trial, so settlements save them, and they just adjust your coverage rates next year. These lawfirms profide your ciropractor, and all the experts who don't get paid unless there isa judgment. When they do they all cash in and you get about 25% of the award in the end. On a big scale, the deep pockets lawsuits go after awards of multimillion dollars. Multipy that by each major city archdioces, and this is an inflamatory alligation that the mere mention of the word "Pedifile" radiates guilt, and they are hard cases to take to court.
I think there are many many true cases of Peidfile Priests and Catholic Abuses. They range from the worst of imaginations to a child of First Communion Age, to the abuse of adults in the policies of the church that has converted people away in droves. I know there is wealth beyond belief in the Catholic Church, some of the most priceless art and artifacts are in the Vatican, some of which has not been seen in hundreds of years stored away.