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Irish columnist: faithful should share cost of abuse settlements

Catholic World News - September 23, 2011

With the Irish Catholic Church embroiled in a debate about the use of parish funds to pay sex-abuse settlements, one Catholic columnist has announced that he would not object if his donations are put to that purpose.

β€œIt's true that ordinary Mass-goers had nothing to do with the scandals and strictly speaking are under no moral obligation to help pay the victims of abuse,” concedes David Quinn. Nevertheless, he writes, β€œI believe one part of the Church needs to be in solidarity with every other part of the Church.”

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