mercoledì 26 gennaio 2022

Catholic Church in France raises €20 million in compensation for child sex abuse victims

Catholic dioceses in France have raised 20 million euros ($22.6 million) to compensate thousands of victims of historical child sexual abuse by clergy, the fund in charge of raising the money said Tuesday. Church officials have been under intense pressure to recognise and compensate victims after a landmark French inquiry confirmed widespread abuse of minors by priests, deacons and lay members of the Church dating from the 1950s. "It's a first step. The Church has followed through on its commitment," the president of the Selam fund, Gilles Vermot-Desroches, told AFP after its board met on Monday. An initial five million euros will be set aside for compensation claims being studied by an independent panel set up in the wake of the damning abuse report, released in October. (...)