Friday 23 February 2018

Survivors are not just chasing cash

James Kennedy ('Victims of abuse milk the system', Letters, February 23) is of the sickeningly twisted opinion that victims of clerical sexual abuse and child rape -- as perpetrated by members of the Catholic Church over many years -- are somehow in it for the money, while "many will be quick to join the queue to get another wad of money" to help them forgive and forget.

According to the Murphy report, it would seem the only entity in it "for the money" is the Church -- considering the Archdiocese of Dublin took out insurance in 1987, with Church & General Insurance Company, to protect it against possible future claims from victims of abuse it already knew existed.

The report continues: "In return for trivial premiums amounting to £40,000, the diocese (got) €12.9m by way of indemnity.

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