France’s Catholic Church agreed on Monday to financially compensate tens of thousands of sex abuse victims by selling its own assets or taking on loans.
The move comes one month after a landmark inquiry found an estimated 216,000 children were sexually abused by members of the clergy between 1950 and 2020.
In a statement given on Monday, President of the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF) Bishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort conceded the Catholic Church bore “Institutional responsibility for the decades of abuse,” and decided to go “on a path of recognition and reparation.”
Bishop de Moulins-Beaufort incited controversy in France in early October after commenting the secrecy of confession
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