£600,000 has been awarded by the High Court to a man who was the victim of an English Roman Catholic paedophile priest. I feel so sorry for the 35 year old man concerned, it is such a shame that as a child an evil man preyed on him. The man suffers from schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. This priest is now dead. It is believed the case could result in further claims totalling millions of pounds against the Church.
Now I don't wish to defend paedophiles in any way, and favour either the death penalty or castration and life in prison for such rogues BUT £600,000 seems an awfully large amount of money to be paid! Won't this just encourage greedy lawyers to find more "victims"? I heard one lawyer saying the reward was far too small. Also, and this is a sensitive question but I'll ask it anyway, is it possible that elevating victim culture like this and then heaping a huge reward on the victim will actually stop such unfortunates getting on with their lives? What do you think?