France’s Catholic Church on Monday agreed to financially compensate tens of thousands of victims of sexual abuse Sell your own assets or take out loans.
The move comes a month after a groundbreaking investigation found that an estimated 216,000 children were sexually abused by members of the clergy between 1950 and 2020.
In a statement issued on Monday, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of France (CEF) admitted to Bishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort that the Catholic Church had “institutional responsibility for decades of mistreatment” and decided “a path of recognition and reparation.”
Bishop de Moulins-Beaufort sparked controversy in France in early October after he commented that the secret of confession was “above the laws of the republic”.
Shortly afterwards he was called, at the request of President Emmanuel Macron, to meet with Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin to discuss the findings of the report. Darmani later said: “In the secular republic, no law is superior to the laws of the republic … we absolutely have to protect our children.”