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French Catholic Church offers own assets to compensate sex abuse victims – POLITICO

France’s Catholic Church agreed on Monday to financially compensate tens of 1000’s of sex abuse victims by selling its own assets or taking on loans.

The transfer comes one month after a landmark inquiry discovered an estimated 216,000 kids have been sexually abused by members of the clergy between 1950 and 2020.

In an announcement given on Monday, President of the Convention of Bishops of France (CEF) Bishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort conceded the Catholic Church bore “Institutional duty for the a long time of abuse,” and determined to go “on a path of recognition and reparation.”

Bishop de Moulins-Beaufort incited controversy in France in early October after commenting the secrecy of confession was “above the legal guidelines of the Republic.”

Shortly after, he was summoned, on the request of President Emmanuel Macron, for a gathering with Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin to focus on the report’s findings. Darmanin later said: “Within the secular Republic, no regulation is superior to the legal guidelines of the Republic … we completely should defend our kids.”

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