The compensation of immense money owed scuttle up by a Catholic priest in the archdiocese of Cologne from the identical fund aged to compensate sex abuse victims has provoked outrage amongst the faithful in the diocese.
The priest had incurred money owed amounting to spherical 500,000 euros ($540,000), other than interest and taxes.
The archdiocese had shown itself considerably less beneficiant to the abuse victims, Johassen Norpoth, spokesperson for the council to the German Bishops’ Convention that assists the victims, suggested Saturday’s Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper.
He notorious that after years of fight, 60% of the victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by priests and diversified church workers, had bought lower than 20,000 euros.
“Victims of sexual abuse, some of them with out a earn revenue bask in that of a priest, were fobbed off with an amount lower than 2% of what the church is paying out for a priest who has bought into monetary difficulties,” Norpoth acknowledged.
Maria Mesrian, a spokesperson for a regional Catholic reform initiative, described the transfer as irresponsible. Victims of sex abuse had been being fobbed off with “ridiculous sums, whereas thousands and thousands had been being wasted on an unnecessary spiritual college or the non-public gambling money owed of a priest,” she acknowledged.
The council has beforehand called for the dissolution of the spiritual college in Cologne, asserting its financing became once not sustainable.
The entire costs to the archdiocese for paying off the priest’s debt came to 1.15 million euros alongside side taxes and interest.