Catholic Church faces major sex abuse bill

The Catholic Church faces a potential compensation bill of as much as €250 million for clerical sex abuse resulting from existing claims and new cases set to emerge following the publication of the Ferns Report last week.

29th October, 2005

The Catholic Church faces a potential compensation bill of as much as €250 million for clerical sex abuse resulting from existing claims and new cases set to emerge following the publication of the Ferns Report last week.

This is in addition to the €128 million already paid to victims of abuse in children's homes run by religious orders, bringing the total potential cost to as much as €380 million.

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