May 19, 2006

Sex abuse sale dilemma

The Advertiser

THE Anglican Church is re-examining whether to sell off part of its official residence in North Adelaide to pay compensation claims to victims of child sex abuse.

A special committee, looking for funds to cover a $4 million legal bill from the activities of pedophile church official Robert Brandenburg, is understood to be considering sub-dividing Bishop's Court, the traditional home of the Adelaide Anglican Archbishop.

The 0.5ha property on Palmer Place - which will be open to the public tomorrow as part of History Week - is worth at least $4 million and consists of a two-storey mansion, outbuildings and extensive gardens. Moves to sell Bishop's Court were blocked late last year by the Anglican Adelaide Synod after clergy and lay-people secretly voted against a motion which proposed its sale for a minimum net profit of $3 million.

Posted by kshaw at May 19, 2006 11:43 AM