By Frank Walker, 6 September 2002,

A disabled woman who said she became pregnant after being raped by a Catholic priest had to sign a secrecy clause before the Church would pay her $15,000 compensation.

The deal, authorised by a NSW bishop last month, contradicts Sydney Archbishop George Pell's statements that victims were not prevented from discussing such abuse.

The legal agreement for compensation between the woman, from rural NSW, and the Church bars her from talking about the incident.