Denver Newsroom, 31 January, 2022 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Church in France has secured more than $22 million in compensation for victims of child sex abuse.
The news comes about four months after a report estimated that hundreds of thousands of children were abused in the Catholic Church in France over the past 70 years.
"It's a first step,” said Gilles Vermot-Desroches in an interview with Agence France-Presse. Vermot-Desroches is president of the Selam fund, which is responsible for gathering compensation for victims.
An initial $5.6 million has reportedly already been set aside for compensation claims under investigation by an independent panel.
It is unclear how the compensation fund was sourced. French bishops voted during their plenary assembly in November to sell off real estate and movable property of some Catholic dioceses. The Church also reportedly invited clergy and laity to make donations.