Victims of JRR Tolkien’s son among hundreds in line for larger Church sex abuse payouts

The Telegraph

July 19, 2020

By Catherine Pepinster

Archbishop of Birmingham wants to offer ‘compassionate, listening response to victims and survivors’ of clergy including Fr John Tolkien

Hundreds of people abused by Catholic clergy could be in line for larger compensation payouts after a landmark decision by the Archbishop of Birmingham.

The Telegraph can reveal that the Church has agreed to triple the compensation paid to a survivor of abuse by Father John Tolkien, the son of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings.

The Archdiocese of Birmingham took the unprecedented decision to reopen previous financial settlements to two abuse victims, a year after it was severely criticised by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) for its handling of cases.

Compensation is normally given after claims are settled on a full and final basis, but the Archdiocese has agreed that it needed to rectify further what happened to two victims….

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