Church defends ‘modest’ payout to abused altar boy in landmark case appeal

The Age

December 8, 2020

By Tom Cowie

A $32,500 settlement paid by the Catholic Church to a former altar boy after he was repeatedly sexually abused by a priest was adequate and reflected the legal landscape at the time, a court has heard.

The Catholic Church is seeking to overturn a landmark court ruling that paved the way for sex abuse victims to seek more compensation even if they had already signed away their rights to sue.

In October, the Supreme Court overturned a deed of release signed by a former altar boy known as “WCB” in 1996 after he was repeatedly sexually abused by Warragul priest Daniel Hourigan.

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