The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is to pay out nearly $10m to settle four cases of sexual abuse by a former priest, lawyers have said.
Recently released files show Cardinal Roger Mahony knew about the alleged abuse but put the priest back in ministry, where he abused again.
The settlement comes as the cardinals of the Catholic Church are meeting to select a new pope following the abdication of Benedict XVI.
Cardinal Mahony is at the conclave.
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