Controversial singer Sinead O'Connor has stated that "If Christ was here he would be burning down the Vatican. And I for one would be helping him."

She made the remarks to the Irish Independent after the Bishop of the Wexford diocese of Ferns had asked parishioners to help pay the costs of compensation for child abuse cases.

The Bishop of Ferns, Denis Brennan, enraged abuse victims by appealing for funds to pay the $1.2 million owed to the victims.

Ferns in County Wexford was among the worst for child sex abuse by Catholic priests, with more than 100 allegations of made between 1962 and 2002 against 21 priests in the diocese.

In the letter published in the Independent , Sinead O'Connor wrote about her absolute shock that the Bishop was asking parishioners to pay for child sex abuse claim.

She said says the Vatican always put its "business interests before the interests of children."

Meanwhile, another bishop, the Bishop of Killaloe Willie Walsh, has also said he would consider asking parishioners for money to pay abuse victims

"Bishop Walsh would be prepared to consider such an option in the diocese in consultation with parish pastoral councils and finance committees if it became necessary," a spokesman said.

Abuse victim Christine Buckley, said she was "absolutely reeling" and accused church leaders of acting "like Judas" towards victims.