Priests in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly have been asked by Archbishop Dermot Clifford, D.D. to contribute a regular sum of money to a Clergy Contribution Fund in order to meet debts incurred for what have been described as “child protection issues.”
The news came as a shock to communities around the Archdiocese this week after Archbishop Clifford confirmed the move, and has resulted in a degree of unease amongst Church goers, who had been led to believe through the national media that the fund would be used to pay compensation to victims of clerical sex abuse.
A statement issued to The Tipperary Star this week does not refute this claim, but instead reiterates the “child protection issue” wording. What these “issues” are remains unclear as we went to print. It is also thought that Cashel and Emly is the only diocese in the country to go down this route to raise cash.
See page 1 of this weeks Tipperary Star for the full story