Saturday, February 27, 2010

Austrian diocese refuses to buy silence of abuse victim

Austrian diocese refuses to buy silence of abuse victim
February 26, 2010

The Diocese of Graz, Austria, has disclosed that it rejected a man's demand to be paid for his silence about sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, seeing the demand as tantamount to blackmail. Bishop Egon Kappellari said that the diocese would not consider paying the man, who was threatening to write a book about abuse. The bishop drew a sharp distinction between providing help for abuse victims and buying their silence. "We rejected the suggestion that the Church should pay hush money as immoral," he said.

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