Saturday, May 23, 2009

Catholic orders resist increasing payments for abuse

May 23, 2009
World Briefing Europe
Ireland: Catholic Orders Resist Increasing Payments for Abuse
Ireland’s Roman Catholic religious orders on Friday resisted growing demands for them to pay more for the abuse of thousands of children in state-financed schools. The Irish government expects to spend more than $1.6 billion in legal costs and compensation for 14,000 people found to have been molested, beaten or terrorized while under church care from the 1930s to the 1990s — a long-buried scandal revived this week with the publication of a 2,600-page investigation. Under terms of a bitterly disputed 2002 deal, the government agreed to cap the church’s total liability at less than $175 million. On Friday, the umbrella body representing the 18 religious orders implicated in the scandal, the Conference of Religious in Ireland, said, “As far as we are aware, none of the congregations concerned plan to revisit the terms of the agreement made in good faith.”

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