French bish­ops dis­cuss pay­ing abuse vic­tims

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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”.

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