Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has joined clergy abuse victims and others in outrage over a bishop's appeal that parishioners pay $90,000 a year between them for 20 years towards child abuse compensation bills.
The appeal came from Bishop of Ferns, Denis Brennan, the Irish Independent reported. A second prelate, Bishop of Killaloe Willie Walsh, said he would consider following the controversial lead of Bishop Brennan, should it become necessary, the report quotes a spokesman saying.
In a letter published in the Irish Independent, Sinead O'Connor said the Vatican has always put its business interests before the interests of children. "If Christ was here he would be burning down the Vatican. And I for one would be helping him."
Abuse victims angrily lashed out at Bishop Brennan for asking parishioners to help meet compensation and legal bills.
One victim, Christine Buckley, said she was "absolutely reeling" from the invitation made by Bishop Brennan for 100,000 parishioners in 80 parishes to pay 60,000 euro ($90,000) each year until 2030 to meet an outstanding debt of €1.2m.
Sinead O'Connor joins chorus of outrage as Irish Catholic bishops propose asking churchgoers to help pay child abuse bill (Herald Sun/Irish Independent)
Second bishop backs plan for parishioners to pay abuse bill (Irish Independent)
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