Facebook Twitter

CHURCH ADMITS PRIEST PAID COMPENSATION TO ALTAR BOY HE ABUSED

SHARE CHURCH ADMITS PRIEST PAID COMPENSATION TO ALTAR BOY HE ABUSED

Ireland's Roman Catholic Church, already reeling from a wave of scandals, admitted Wednesday that a priest had paid compensation to a young altar boy he had sexually abused.

The Dublin Diocese said in a statement the priest paid a total of $90,000 to a man, now 33, he raped and sexually abused in the 1970s.It said that the funds had come entirely from the funds of the priest and said that the church had in no way made money available to pay the compensation.

The statement made front-page news in Irish newspapers where similar stories about priests taking advantage of their powerful positions to sexually abuse minors have become a weekly event.