French bishops discuss paying abuse victims
Bishops in France said they would consider a plan to provide financial compensation to victims of abuse carried out by officials in the Roman Catholic Church. More than 100 bishops will convene for their biannual assembly in Lourdes tomorrow and will spend two days discussing proposals to make a “financial gesture” towards victims. Bishops pledged in principle to create a fund for abuse victims last year. Conference of French Bishops spokesman Thierry Magnin said the Church could begin disbursing money to victims from next year. Bishops will also vote on memorialisation and prevention efforts and on “support for guilty clerics”.