Church abuse victim claims he was paid £10,000 for silence

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The Belfast Telegraph

Monday, 7 May 2012

An alleged victim of Roman Catholic clerical abuse claims the Church bought his silence with £10,000.

A west Belfast man claims he was paid off after being abused by the De La Salle Order in Kircubbin.

His comments come in the Daily Mirror which reported that a church document reveals how the victims of paedophiles like Father Brendan Smyth were paid to keep their suffering silent.

The unnamed victim from Belfast, who claimed the abuse ruined his life, said he “wanted some justice” and that the church wants to “brush it under the carpet. “Why did they pay me £10,000 and say we’ll take our money back if there’s no cover-up?” he asked.

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