CNA Staff, Sep 25, 2020 / 04:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
Germany’s Catholic bishops agreed this week to a uniform system for compensation payments to abuse survivors.
Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference, announced the agreement Sept. 24 at the end of the bishops’ plenary meeting in Fulda, central Germany.
Under the new system, survivors of abuse by Church workers will be entitled to a one-off payment of up to 50,000 euros ($58,000) -- a sum based on current court rulings.
Previously German dioceses had determined payments individually.
At a press conference Thursday, Bätzing said that abuse victims should receive compensation in recognition of their suffering “without great bureaucratic effort,” reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German language news partner.