The Archbishop of Dublin has denied reports that parish funds are currently being used to fund clerical sex abuse compensation.
Diarmuid Martin said the Church had sufficient funds for the coming year to to pay compensation for child sexual abuse.
He added that parishes with a surplus are being asked to contribute to a central fund to cover future liabilities in the Archdiocese, which could include abuse compensation.
Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships, Archbishop Martin said he would prefer if all the money could be used for other diocesan purposes, but did not rule out using parish money to fund future compensation pay-outs..
Saying that the necessary funds are in place for the coming year, he added: "How we do in the future, I don't know. We're asking parishes that may a surplus to provide (money), but we're not using that for (compensation in cases of) child sexual abuse at this stage."