French bishops agree to compensate sex abuse victims

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PARIS (AP) — France’s Catholic Church announced on Monday that it would financially compensate sex abuse victims by selling property assets or taking out a loan if needed.

French bishops said in a written statement they will set up an “independent, national body” tasked with addressing compensation issues. They committed to allocating money to a specific fund “in order to compensate victims,” notably by selling property or through a potential loan.

They also called on Pope Francis to send “a team of visitors” to assess the church’s response regarding child protection.

Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, President of the Bishops’ Conference, hailed a “decisive step” in a speech.

He stressed that the Church has recognized its “institutional responsibility” and decided to go “on a path of recognition and reparation that paves the way for victims to get the possibility of a mediation and a compensation.”ADVERTISEMENT

The Bishops Conference held its annual meeting a month after a report revealed large-scale child sex abuse within the French Catholic Church.

The study released by an independent commission estimated that some 330,000 children were sexually abused over 70 years by priests or other church-related figures.

“We felt disgust and horror inside us when we realized how much suffering so many people had lived and were still living,” Moulins-Beaufort said.

The bishops acknowledged the church’s responsibility that implies financial compensation because the commission “strongly suggested that path” but also because “worshippers full of shame were expecting it from us,” he said.

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  1. At least they compensate the victims. I wonder if Indonesian and other Muslim clerics that support female genital mutilation and marital rape would compensate the victims.

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