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Faith Briefs for April 22

Spring salad luncheon in Tracy

The United Methodist Church Women in Tracy are having a spring salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church. The menu consists of salads, French bread, assorted bars and a beverage. Tickets for $10 are available at the door. Proceeds are designated for women’s and children’s mission programs.

CDA tip night Monday

A Pizza Ranch fundraiser will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday to raise funds for the New Horizons Crisis Center. New Horizons Crisis Center works with individuals and families who have been victimized by crime, while also providing preventative and educational services. Their services and 24-hour crisis line are provided free of charge to victims. Catholic Daughters will be busing tables and all proceeds will benefit New Horizons.

NJ diocese agrees to $87.5M deal to settle sex abuse suits

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Catholic diocese has agreed to pay $87.5 million to settle claims involving clergy sex abuse with some 300 alleged victims in one of the largest cash settlements involving the Catholic church in the United States.

The agreement between the Diocese of Camden, which encompasses six counties in southern New Jersey on the outskirts of Philadelphia, and plaintiffs was filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden on Tuesday.

The settlement must still go before a U.S. bankruptcy judge. If approved, the settlement would exceed the nearly $85 million settlement in 2003 in the clergy abuse scandal in Boston, although it’s less than other settlements in California and Oregon.

“I want to express my sincere apology to all those who have been affected by sexual abuse in our Diocese,” Bishop Dennis Sullivan said in a statement.

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