Bishop Denis Brennan (Bishop of Ferns in Ireland) is being criticized for asking parishioners to help to pay for compensation claims linked to sexual abuse damages. The diocese has already paid 8 million euros to settle 48 civil actions arising from decades of sexual abuse by priests. An additional 13 actions are pending.
Bishop Brennan has stated that his residence had been remortgaged to cover nearly €2 million in legal fees. In a move that may be repeated around the world, the Diocese is asking its 100,000 members in 80 parishes to collectively contribute €60,000 a year for the next 20 years.
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