$10m settlement reached in L.A. Catholic abuse cases

Cardinal Roger Mahony attending a prayer at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican earlier this month Credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi

A legal settlement has been reached in a number of child sex abuse cases against the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony and a former priest, lawyers for the victims told Reuters.

The settlement is reportedly worth nearly $10 million (£6.7 million).

Cardinal Roger Mahony, who is currently at the Vatican in Rome to help elect the next pope, was accused of helping a confessed pedophile priest evade the law by sending him to a church-run treatment centre before reinstating him.

Mahony served as Archbishop of Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011.