Catholic Church paid A$276 million to abuse victims in Australia / BBC News

The Australian Catholic Church has paid A$276m (£171m; $213m) to victims of sexual abuse since 1980, an inquiry has heard.

The money was divided between thousands of victims, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse was told.

“The data, released on Thursday (Feb. 16), showed the average payment was A$91,000.

“The landmark royal commission was set up in 2013 and is also investigating abuse at non-religious organisations.

“The Catholic Church made the payments in response to 3,066 of 4,445 child sexual abuse claims between 1980 and 2015, the inquiry heard. More than 40% of claims were received by a handful of male orders.

“They included compensation, treatment, legal and other costs, said Gail Furness, the lead lawyer assisting the commission in Sydney.”

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