The Archbishop of Portland held a prayer service last week in which he apologized to the victims of those abused by priests.
The Archdiocese of Portland, which is the local governing body of the Catholic church, declared bankruptcy last year after settling payments with a number of victims.
The victims were abused by local priests when they were children, in a period spanning the last thirty years.
Archbishop Vlazny claimed that he held the service voluntarily, as an attempt at reconciliation. But Victims rights organizations say that the Church was forced to hold the service.
They say the church service was part of the out-of-court settlement with one of the victims.
Bill Crane, with the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests, spoke with KBOO News today