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Church abuse compensation plans fail to appease victim

An Anglican Church proposal to cut jobs and taxparishes to fund abuse payments has attracted little sympathy from oneof its victims.

In addition to the sale of church assets,Anglican Archbishop Jeffrey Driver has proposed job cuts and a 1 percent levy on parishes over the next decade.

But that has not stirred abuse victim Mark King to change his mind about the Church.

"If they wanted to avoid redundancies, of course they could sell off other land that they don't use," he said.

"I don't think the sale of a tennis court that's probably overgrown and hasn't been used for 20 years is any great sacrifice."

He says the Church's members knew about the child abuse for many years.

"I don't feel great sorrow for the currentmembers of the church, the hierarchy, or even the ordinary members ofthe church, who when they had the knowledge, still did nothing," hesaid.

"They had the knowledge in 2003, 2004 and proceeded to sit on their hands, so I don't have a great deal of something for them."

Archbishop Driver says payments to the victims of church worker Robert Brandenburg have amounted to $4 million this year.

"We're looking at payments beyond that but I couldn't speculate as to what they'll be," he said.

The annual Synod will decide on the proposal later this month.


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