French Bishops approve payments for child sexual abuse victims

The Catholic Church in France announced on 9 November that abuse victims will receive financial compensation, following similar moves in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.

French Bishops voted at The Bishops’ Conference on 9 November in favour of a plan to offer payments to people who were sexually abused when they were children by French members of the Catholic clergy. It was agreed the church would make one-off payments to each victim. The payments are not a substitute for compensation and are not a requirement of the French legal system or the church.

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