French bishops agree to compensate thousands of sex abuse victims

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French bishops agree to compensate thousands of sex abuse victims

Move comes a month after major report revealed mass abuse of children by church figures since the 1950s.

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The Roman Catholic Church has been rocked by a series of sexual abuse scandals around the world, often involving children, in recent decades [Bob Edme/AP]

France’s Catholic Church has agreed to financially compensate thousands of people who were sexually abused by priests in what the president of the country’s Bishops’ Conference hailed as a “decisive step”.

Eric de Moulins-Beaufort said in a speech on Monday that the church has recognised 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”.




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