Catholic Church of Australia paid compensation of A$276m (£171m; $213m) to victims of sexual abuse since 1980, an inquiry has heard.
According to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse told that the money would be divided among thousands of victims.
The compensation was made after the inquiry report claims that 3,066 of 4,445 child abused during 1980 and 2015. More than 40% of claims were received by a handful of the male orders.
They payment of A$276m includes compensation, treatment, legal and other costs.
Talking about the child abuse Gail Funrness, a lead lawyer assisting the commission in Sydney, said
“The royal commission’s experience is that many survivors face barriers which deter them from reporting abuse to authorities and to the institution in which the abuse occurred,”
“Accordingly, the total number of incidences of child sexual abuse in Catholic Church institutions in Australia is likely to be greater than the claims made.”
Moreover, it is estimated that 7% of the nation’s Catholic priests allegedly abused children between 1950 and 2010.