Paedophile priests advised never to admit guilt to limit payouts, Catholic church insurer

Herald Sun

Annika Smethurst
From:Herald Sun
May 01, 2013

PAEDOPHILE priests were advised never to admit guilt as a way of limiting payouts to victims, the Catholic Church’s insurer has said.

Catholic Church Insurance has paid out about $30 million to 600 Victorian victims of child abuse since 1990.

Chief executive Peter Rush told the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child abuse that the company used to tell clients not to admit anything to victims and that minimising payouts was its primary motivation.

“In the early 1990s I am confident that that would have been the way that we would have advised our clients, quite wrongly,” Mr Rush said.

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