Catholic insurer pays $30m to Vic victims

Brisbane Times

April 30, 2013


The Catholic Church’s insurer has paid out about $30 million to 600 Victorian victims of child abuse, its CEO says.

Catholic Church Insurance CEO Peter Rush said the organisation did not make payouts related to offences that occurred after the date the church had knowledge of an offender.

He confirmed that his organisation did not insure offences committed by pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale after 1975 when then Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns became aware of his offences.

Mr Rush said there were at least two confirmed cases, including Ridsdale, where they stopped paying insurance and said there would have been more.

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