Qld Man Seeks Abuse Compo from Pope

July 17, 2008

A north Queensland man is launching a legal battle against the Catholic Church to gain compensation for sexual abuse he allegedly suffered in the 1980s.

Mackay resident Eric Fleissig says Father Paul Rex Brown regularly abused him at the Futcher House youth refuge in Lismore between 1982 and 1985.

Father Brown died in 2005.

Mr Fleissig says the Pope declined to meet with him during the World Youth Day events and he feels isolated from the Catholic Church.

"World Youth Day is a bit of a kick in the teeth for sexual abuse victims," he said.

"I feel left out, I have lost my faith out of this. For myself and other victims, I do feel that we do deserve fair and just compensation out of this."

He says he is seeking compensation and an apology from Pope Benedict while he is in Australia for World Youth Day.

"For myself and other people we need it. Basically the Pope, I feel, has a duty of care," he said.

"This is one way for us to see closure, I do believe that the Pope can make that happen."


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