Shame on the church:’ lawyer says London Catholic Diocese is cutting funding for abuse victims


June 30, 2018

London Catholic Diocese says it is asking for “evidence-based counselling”

The London Diocese serves more than 430,000 Roman Catholics in nine Ontario counties. (File Photo)
A London lawyer says the Catholic Diocese is cutting the amount of money it pays for counselling for victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests.

The Diocese has been paying for counselling for years after victims of sexual abuse at the hands of church officials launched lawsuits against the Catholic church and won the right to compensation.

Now, London lawyer Rob Talach, who has represented several of those victims, says the Diocese is not only reducing the amount of counselling sessions it pays for, but also reducing the amount covered by up to 50 per cent.

“They wrote a whole bunch of counsellors, saying ‘hey, we’re looking at changing all this and in the meantime it’s $120 a hit and you have to start justifying why you should get more,” he said.

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