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The bishops of France decided on Monday to set up a national body responsible for compensating victims of sexual violence on a case-by-case basis, and chaired by a lawyer.

After having recognized the “institutional responsibility” of the Church in these pedophile acts and their “systemic dimension”, the 120 prelates gathered in Lourdes since Tuesday agreed on the modalities of compensation of the victims.

An “independent national body for recognition and reparation” will be set up to investigate the claims of victims of sexual violence, explained the president of the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF), Bishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort.

It will be led by Marie Derain de Vaucresson, a former children’s advocate, who will constitute “her team as she pleases on the model of the Sauvé commission”.

330,000 victims

The commission headed by Jean-Marc Sauvé shook the whole institution by publishing its report last month revealing the extent of child crime in the Church for 70 years. It estimates that 330,000 people over the age of 18 have been subjected to sexual violence since 1950, when they were minors, by clerics, religious or people in connection with the Church.

Marie Derain de Vaucresson, an executive of the Ministry of Justice whose mission begins immediately, “will determine the operating rules of this commission and we will (…) provide it with the means to accomplish this mission (…) d ‘individualized compensation for victims,’ he added.

For this, the bishops decided to feed the compensation fund for victims of child crime in the Church “by relinquishing property of the Conference of Bishops of France and the dioceses”. In addition, if necessary, “a loan can be taken out to anticipate needs”, according to Mgr de Moulins-Beaufort.

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