47 names of clergy abuse victims part of accidental email leak

Christopher White writes:

A clergy abuse victim who participated in the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s independent compensation program for survivors is alleging that the confidentiality of nearly 50 other victims was compromised when the program administrator mistakenly sent the individual an email in 2019 with the names of participants from another diocese’s program.

Since October 2016, Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, national mediation experts who managed the compensation payouts to victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and the Boston Marathon bombing, have partnered with Catholic dioceses throughout the country to implement voluntary programs where victims pursue their claims outside of court.


The Philadelphia program, known as the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program, was initiated in 2018 and as of this spring has had more than 600 claimants come forward. Among those participants was an individual who on Aug. 23, 2019, received an email from Biros listing the names of 47 claimants in the Pittsburgh Diocese’s compensation program.

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