July 01, 2005



By Rod Chaytor
A MAN abused as a boy by a pervert priest won a fight for damages yesterday that will cost the Catholic church more than 1million.

The victim, now 35, has severe mental health problems after 11 years of molestation by Father Christopher Clonan - who he described as a "manipulative bastard" and "really, really evil".

Mr A's payout opens the way for many more such settlements. At least eight separate complaints have been levelled at Clonan alone, who died in Australia in 1998.

Solicitors for Mr A said: "This could quite feasibly cost the church millions and millions. It is being dealt with on a case by case basis, so we will have to wait and see the outcome of each."

Posted by kshaw at July 1, 2005 07:56 AM