NEW YORK – The Archdiocese of New York has a plan to pay sex abuse victims.
It wants to mortgage land behind St. Patrick's Cathedral for $100 million.
A spokesman for the Roman Catholic archdiocese says the mortgage would be for one year to start paying 144 people who had previously complained of abuse.
Church officials also are fielding new claims from 26 additional alleged victims. They have yet to determine how many people eventually will come forward.
Spokesman Joseph Zwilling says once a final number has been determined church officials will seek a longer-term loan.
The land being mortgaged is on the site of a luxury hotel on Madison Avenue.
The petition for the mortgage was reportedly field in Manhattan's Supreme Court on Monday.
Last year, Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced the program to compensate the victims of child sex abuse by clergy. U.S. Catholic leaders have grappled with a clergy sexual abuse crisis since 2002.
PIX11's Kirstin Cole has more in the report above.