France’s Catholic Church Agrees to Compensate Victims of Sexual Abuse

This is a good start, but it's only a start.

Last month, a bombshell investigation into France’s Catholic Church found that, since 1950, there were 333,000 sexual abuse victims and roughly 3,200 abusers.

One of the simplest suggestions by the commission investigating the Church was to require priests to report child abuse to law enforcement even if they only learned about it through the act of confession. France’s top bishop, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, said that idea was a non-starter. They would do anything to help children, he implied, except the most obvious option.

But here’s something more tangible: Yesterday, France’s Catholic Church said it would pay the victims of child sexual abuse even if it meant giving up a chunk of their wealth.

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