The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is establishing an independently administered survivors' compensation program to aid those who suffered abuse at the hands of members of the Catholic clergy.
Bishop David Zubik will take part in listening sessions throughout the diocese to help form the program. He will also engage in other means of supporting survivors and protecting children in the church.
“The survivors compensation program we are working to establish will be designed to create the best opportunity for recovery and healing to survivors,” Zubik said. “They continue to suffer as a result of their abuse and this program will help to provide for their ongoing needs.”
No money used for compensation will come from the diocese' campaign “The Church Alive,” Catholic Charities, parishes, schools or any other funds designated for a specific use by the donor, said a news release sent by the diocese on Thursday.
Funding sources to establish the compensation program are not yet in place, the release said.
More information on the program will be announced by the end of the year.