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A ruling that the Catholic Church can be held liable for the wrongdoings of its priests has been upheld.
Last year Mr Justice MacDuff decided in favour of a woman, now 47, who claimed she was raped and assaulted as a child by a priest of the Portsmouth Diocese.
The Court of Appeal has upheld this decision, which raises "an issue of wide general importance in respect of claims against the Catholic Church".
A spokesman for the diocese said: "This case is not, and has never been, about seeking to avoid or delay the payment of compensation to victims with valid claims.
"This case is about fundamental legal principles involving the very nature of civil society and religious freedom.
"It would be disastrous if, in seeking to provide redress for victims of harm, the law put intolerable new pressures on the voluntary sector.
"This judgement shows further thought and scrutiny are required before clarity in this regard can be established."
Originally posted by Gauss
They knew and hid the fact that their preachers were raping children?