|German Catholics to Pay up
September 24, 2010
Germany's Roman Catholic Church is preparing to provide payments to victims of sexual abuse by its priests but has not decided how much to offer, its most senior bishop said Thursday.
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German Episcopal Conference, said during its autumn gathering in the western city of Fulda that the church would table a proposal next week during a meeting with government officials.
"We are ready to get involved financially," Zollitsch said, with the aim of "helping victims overcome their fate as victims."
The conference also unveiled new measures to prevent sexual abuse, including clearer guidelines for appropriate relations with children and youth and greater participation of psychologists in selecting and training priests.
Like elsewhere in Europe, Germany has been hit by revelations that hundreds of children were physically or sexually abused in institutions throughout the country, all but a handful run by the Roman Catholic Church.
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