November 28, 2005

Bishop's house may be sold to pay claims

Irish Independent

THE Catholic diocese of Ferns may still be forced to sell the bishop's house in Wexford town due to ongoing claims against the Church involving clerical sexual abuse.

The annual general meeting of the diocese is to take place in Co Wexford tomorrow night when it is expected that the fixed assets to be sold to meet claims will be made public.

A total of 2.8m has been paid to 17 victims to date, the Church claims, and, with a string of other cases pending, the hierarchy continues to consider the sale of the bishop's house.

A vast amount of the sum already paid out by the Church involves legal fees.

The sale of the residence, which is worth between 1m and 2m, was first mooted at a finance committee meeting last year.

Posted by kshaw at November 28, 2005 12:39 PM