January 04, 2005

Church needs 50m over next 10 years for sex abuse victims

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THE Catholic hierarchy will have to find up to 50m over the next 10 years to compensate sex abuse victims, pay for their counselling services and fund a revamped and expanded child protection service, the Irish Independent has learned.

The news comes as a 10m trust set up by the bishops using insurance funds is expected to run out within the next 12 months because of abuse payouts.

The result is that each of the 26 dioceses in the country will have to draw increasingly on their own resources to maintain the fund.

How they do this will be left up to each bishop, but the sale of property is certain to be one source of funds while there could also be special collections from churchgoers.

Already the Diocese of Killaloe has drawn on money raised by the sale of land around the bishop's house to make a contribution in the region of 40,000 to the trust.

Posted by kshaw at January 4, 2005 09:02 PM