April 16, 2005

Agreement on clerical abuse fund

BBC News

Catholic priests in the Derry diocese have agreed proposals to consult with parishes on raising money for the controversial Stewardship Trust.

Last February, Bishop Seamus Hegarty revealed 3% of parishioners' money went into the compensation fund for victims of clerical sex abuse.

This was done without parishes' knowledge and it was later agreed that the levy should be dropped.

The proposals will now go to the bishop's office.

Monsignor Joe Donnelly said the details would not be revealed until parishes had given their approval.

Posted by kshaw at April 16, 2005 08:26 AM