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Australia's Catholic Church paid $213 million in abuse compensation, costs

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Australia's Catholic Church paid $213 million in abuse compensation, costs

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Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge departs after giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney, Australia, February 8, 2017. AAP Image/Paul Miller/via REUTERS

 

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Catholic Church in Australia paid A$276 million (£171 million) in compensation, treatment and other costs to thousands of victims of child sexual offences in the past 35 years, according to a report released on Thursday at an inquiry into institutional abuse.

 

The barrister prosecuting on behalf of the government-established Royal Commission, Gail Furness, said in the report there was an average delay of 33 years between an alleged abuse and claim made against the church.

 

"The Royal Commission's experience is that many survivors face barriers which deter them from reporting abuse to authorities and to the institution in which the abuse occurred," Furness said.

 

A Royal Commission is Australia's most powerful type of inquiry that is able to compel people to testify and recommend legislative changes and criminal charges. The current inquiry was established in 2013 and is investigating child sexual abuse in religious, government and sporting organisations, among others.

 

Compensation and other payments were made in response to 3,066 of 4,445 child sexual abuse claims between 1980 and 2015, the report found. More than 40 percent of claims were received by a handful of male orders.

 

The current set of hearings, focussed on the Catholic Church, previously heard that 7 percent of priests working in Australia between 1950 and 2010 were accused of child sex crimes, but few were pursued.

 

The report was based on analysis of data kept by Catholic Church authorities. Last year, Australia's most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell said the church had made "enormous mistakes" and "catastrophic" choices by refusing to believe abused children, shuffling abusive priests from parish to parish and over-relying on counselling of priests to solve the problem.

 

(Reporting by Jonathan Barrett; Editing by Michael Perry)

 
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25 minutes ago, Cracker2000 said:

That will bankrupt them just like it did the Catholic Church in the USA

In one diocese in the US  they paid out  $198 million to 144 abuse victims.

 

https://www.revealnews.org/article/catholic-dioceses-declare-bankruptcy-on-eve-of-sexual-abuse-trials/

 

Currently nowhere near this level of compo in Oz. In Oz the Church as gotten itself legal protection to minimise payments - bunch of absolute bastards.

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GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now we know where all our donation money is going..................... LOL.....

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5 hours ago, Cracker2000 said:

That will bankrupt them just like it did the Catholic Church in the USA

i hope so. wish the catholic church around the world was made to liquidate their assets to compensate the victims.

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21 hours ago, simple1 said:

In one diocese in the US  they paid out  $198 million to 144 abuse victims.

 

https://www.revealnews.org/article/catholic-dioceses-declare-bankruptcy-on-eve-of-sexual-abuse-trials/

 

Currently nowhere near this level of compo in Oz. In Oz the Church as gotten itself legal protection to minimise payments - bunch of absolute bastards.

 

Interesting that millions have been paid out in cash compensation. Now, how many people have been charged, prosecuted and convicted for those offenses that required compensation? And what % of cases were compensated?

 

Absolute bastards - conniving cunning hypocritical ones at that.

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1 hour ago, Baerboxer said:

 

Interesting that millions have been paid out in cash compensation. Now, how many people have been charged, prosecuted and convicted for those offenses that required compensation? And what % of cases were compensated?

 

Absolute bastards - conniving cunning hypocritical ones at that.

seems they use the thai system where the victim is compensated rather than criminal convictions and jail time.

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so what? abuse kids and harass them sexually and anyway, church pays?

what happens to all those pervert christian catholic pedophile priests?

were they jail them or not? this is what i want to hear!

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1 hour ago, Galactus said:

so what? abuse kids and harass them sexually and anyway, church pays?

what happens to all those pervert christian catholic pedophile priests?

were they jail them or not? this is what i want to hear!

Does this remind you of another place?  hint......... One can go hide in a temple for a couple of months and come out smelling like a lotus.

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14 hours ago, Baerboxer said:

 

Interesting that millions have been paid out in cash compensation. Now, how many people have been charged, prosecuted and convicted for those offenses that required compensation? And what % of cases were compensated?

 

Absolute bastards - conniving cunning hypocritical ones at that.

None

 

claims are from decades ago. Unprovable 

 

normally statute of limitations would protect church from claims but politicians have removed them. 

 

Expect many more "suppressed " memory victims to step forward with hands held out. 

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29 minutes ago, funandsuninbangkok said:

None

 

claims are from decades ago. Unprovable 

 

normally statute of limitations would protect church from claims but politicians have removed them. 

 

Expect many more "suppressed " memory victims to step forward with hands held out. 

First comment is incorrect so far as the US is concerned.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Settlements_and_bankruptcies_in_Catholic_sex_abuse_cases#Payments_to_victims

 

In Oz their have been victim payments, although at all times the religious bodies had sought to avoid responsibility minimise payments, insist on secrecy clauses etc etc

 

In Oz there has been a Royal Commission to investigate sexual abuse by various institution  members and cover ups which in a number of cases the institutions finally admitted guilt. With regard to your last comment. their may well be a few instances of false claims, but the reality being the Courts and investigation outcomes do not support your opinion.

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