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French bishops back Obligations to sex abuse victims

French bishops voted Saturday in favor of a strategy to provide payments to individuals who were mistreated as children by members of the Catholic clergy.

The French bishops conference said in a statement that every bishop would get in contact with victims that they understood to offer you a”single lump sum of cash”.

It included that neither the French legal system the Church required that the payment of this cash, and it wasn’t designed to be a reparation.

“It intends to recognize that the victims’ suffering hangs on different failings inside the Church,” the bishops’ statement said.

It added that a fund could be set up along with the quantity of the payouts was to be determined.

For the time being, Church officials don’t understand how a lot of people might qualify for the obligations but an independent commission charged with looking into gender abuse by members of the Catholic clergy within the previous twenty years in France has gathered data from 2,800 victims.

Pope Francis issued a landmark decree in May making bishops directly liable for sexual abuse or covering it up, requiring clerics to report any instances to Church superiors and permitting anybody to complain straight into the Vatican if need be.

Watch the Entire announcement of the French bishops seminar below: