Priest confronted in court by the women he abused

DECADES of child sexual abuse came back to haunt predator priest Finian Egan on Monday as he was confronted in court by three of the women whose lives were destroyed by his actions.

Facing her abuser, one woman, who can not be named, said, "May God have mercy on your soul, Father Egan, because I certainly don't".

The woman, who was raped by Egan when she was 13, told the court he had taken away her right to experience her first kiss with a boy or a normal first sexual experience.

Egan, 71, served as a prominent priest in Sydney and on the Central Coast for more than five decades.

He was found guilty earlier of rape and indecent assault involving girls aged between 10 to 17 from the late '60s to early '80s.

Two of his victims expressed their disgust and hurt at the way in which the Catholic Church treated them when they reported the abuse.

One claimed she had been offered compensation in exchange for dropping the criminal charges, during her dealings with the Church's Towards Healing program, which is currently the subject of a royal commission inquiry.

Another told of being punished by nuns and forced to drink castor oil after reporting the abuse.

The hearing continues.

Egan is expected to be sentenced early next year.



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