David Quinn: I don't mind if church uses my money to pay victims
THE news that the finances of Dublin diocese are close to financial collapse should do one thing at least, namely put to rest the myth that the Catholic Church in Ireland is rich.
The diocese has so far paid out €13.5m to abuse victims and their lawyers, and combined with the effects of the recession this has been enough to push the diocese's General Fund into the red, as revealed by 'The Irish Catholic' this week.
A 'rich' church would have been able to absorb this liability, which has been spread out over several years, with relative ease. But the fact is that the finances of most dioceses in the country are on a knife-edge more or less constantly, precisely because they are not flush with funds.