Dispute over agreement

Dispute over agreement

Symbolic image of abuse © Julian Stratenschulte

The Irish association for victims of abuse in Catholic educational institutions is calling for a meeting with the church leader on the occasion of Pope Francis' planned visit to Ireland in the summer.

According to media reports on Wednesday, the Soca victims' association presented the Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, Diarmuid Martin, with a letter to that effect, asking that it be forwarded to the Vatican.

According to the information, Soca wants to talk with Pope Francis mainly about the financial responsibility of the Church in compensation ies. This is "a matter to be resolved by the papal authorities in Rome," the letter says.

Compensation payment would be too low

According to the report, the victims' association is enraged by an agreement between the Catholic Church and the Irish state that was adopted in 2002. In it, the church had committed itself to compensation payments to abuse victims in the amount of 128 million euros, which, however, comprise only a fraction of the total burden of 1.3 billion.

In this way, the taxpayer would be saddled with the main burden of compensating victims of abuse in Catholic institutions. In addition, the Catholic Church has still not met its payment obligation in full and has so far paid out only 85 million euros.

They were "disappointed" that religious orders "have not been held adequately accountable" despite numerous investigations into sexual abuse, the letter continues.

Pope's visit to the World Meeting of Families

In 2009, a comprehensive report by a commission investigating child abuse concluded that sexual assault and rape were "widespread" in more than 250 Irish Catholic Church care facilities between 1930 and 1990.

Pope Francis will attend the ninth Catholic World Meeting of Families from 21. By 26. August 2018 expected in Dublin. The Vatican had confirmed its participation at the end of January.

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