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THE wording of the secrecy clause used in NSW revealed in TheSun-Herald today appears to be the model for the Catholic Church'sother compensation payouts.

Identical wording appears in a document produced by a Melbournewoman who fell pregnant to a priest at 15 and who received $75,000 fromthe Church.

The Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide quoted the document as sayingthe woman "must not make any report or comment or any communication ofany type in relation to the claims".

* In Brisbane, the husband of a woman who was the victim of tortureat the Catholic-run Neerkol Orphanage at Rockhampton said she had beenprevented by a confidentiality clause from disclosing the paltry $6,000settlement she got in 1999.

Colin Farquar, 76, said his wife Mary had been among 18 victims wholaunched a class action against the Sisters of Mercy and theRockhampton diocese.

But in 1999 the elderly claimants signed an out-of-court settlement that included a confidentiality clause.

* In Tasmania, a victim was prevented from talking about her horror because she had had to sign a confidentiality clause.

Hobart's Archbishop Adrian Doyle said the Church gave convictedpedophile and now retired priest Paul Anthony Connolly, 66, a ToyotaCamry sedan last year after he served part of an eight-month jail term.

Archbishop Doyle said he had a responsibility towards Connolly as retired clergy in his archdiocese.

The Church confirmed it had included a confidentiality clause in thecompensation deal. The victim, in her mid-40s, refused to discuss thecase with The Mercury.

* A man sexually assaulted in the 1970s as a 14-year-old altar boyby a Christian Brother told Melbourne's Herald Sun the Church hadbought his silence after the Bishop of Ballarat awarded him $50,000last year.

He was a victim of Brother Edward Vernon Dowlan,a pedophile jailed for almost 10 years after pleading guilty to 16charges of indecently assaulting 11 boys aged nine to 13 from 1971 to1982.

Under the settlement deal, the victim is prohibited from writing or speaking about his ordeal, the compensation or the process.

"It's hush money," he said.



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