LA 660 million clergy abuse settlement

A judge on Monday, July 16, 2007 approved a $660 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse, the largest payout yet in a nationwide sex abuse scandal.

Vivian Viscarra, 50, who attends Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, said the victims deserve the payout even though it could hurt the church's ability to deliver important services.

"It's making me reevaluate my views of whether people in the ministry should be married. People do have needs," she said.