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October 25
Victims could now collect

October 2
Geoghan's sister hits guards

October 1
Geoghan's sister to speak

September 27
Conviction erasure protested
Druce is hospitalized again
Guard ad seeks understanding

September 24
Inquiry: Druce beaten as child

September 20
Druce pleads not guilty in slay
Geoghan claims guard assault

September 14
Report says Druce in a rage

September 13
Letter: Druce abused as a boy

September 12
Geoghan bore guards' abuse
Lawyer: Mail deluges accused

September 11
Expanded panel is sought

September 8
Druce is returned from hospital

September 5
Geoghan consultant ties eyed

September 4
Conflict raised on consultant

September 3
Bias concerns raised in probe

September 2
No new panel members seen

August 31
Geoghan panel to expand

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Settlement unravels

Even after the scandal over John Geoghan spilled into the public arena in January, lawyers for the archdiocese and plaintiffs, pushed along by mediator Paul A. Finn, continued to work toward a settlement.

Some key moments:

Jan. 16  Wilson D. Rogers Jr., the archdiocese's lawyer, agrees to the parameters of the settlements, between $15 million and $30 million.

Jan. 18  As the two sides negotiated in private, Judge Constance M. Sweeney let them know that nearly 10,000 pages of documents about Geoghan would become public on Jan. 25.

March 4  Rogers and Mitchell Garabedian, who represents the Geoghan victims, reach a tentative accord.

March 11  After a marathon meeting, both sides reach final agreement on a settlement that would distribute between $15 million and $30 million among the plaintiffs, depending on the severity of the abuse they suffered.

March 12  Cardinal Bernard F. Law issues a statement praising the settlement decision, saying, "the settlement is an important step in reaching closure for these victims." Church spokeswoman Donna M. Morrissey adds: "Today's agreement was grounded in Cardinal Law's desire to respond to the victims in a fair and just manner."

March 14  In a conference call with all the parties, archdiocesan Chancellor David W. Smith assures the lawyers for both sides that the archdiocese has the funds for the settlement.

April 8  Thousands of pages of secret documents are made public that disclose that the archdiocese failed to act against the Rev. Paul R. Shanley, despite his public advocacy of sexual relations between men and boys.

April 12  Judge Sweeney stops discovery in the Geoghan lawsuits, including a planned April 3 deposition for Law, after lawyers for both sides tell her the agreement has been finalized and parties on both sides are signing the documents.

April 16  Garabedian delivers the final documents showing that all of his delivered clients have signed the agreements.

April 17  Cardinal Law is advised at a meeting that the Shanley disclosures have had a negative effect on fundraising, and that the church might not have money to fund the Geoghan settlements.

April 30  The Globe reports that at least three members of the archdiocesan Finance Committee are opposed to approving the Geoghan settlement later that week.

May 3  By a 10-3 vote, the Finance Committee disapproves the settlement. The archdiocese announces for first time that its approval was required, not advisory.

Globe Staff  

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