Spain Establishes Fund to Compensate Victims of Catholic Church Sexual Abuse

The Spanish government approves a plan to compensate victims of Catholic Church sexual abuse, sparking tensions with the church. This landmark move aims to provide justice and support for victims.

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Spain Establishes Fund to Compensate Victims of Catholic Church Sexual Abuse

Spain Establishes Fund to Compensate Victims of Catholic Church Sexual Abuse

The Spanish government has approved a plan to provide reparations and economic compensation for victims of sexual abuse committed by people connected to the Catholic Church. The decision follows a report by Spain's human rights ombudsman that revealed over 1,200 cases of abuse since the 1930s, with an estimated 440,000 adults potentially having suffered sexual abuse in the country.

Under the government's plan, which is set to run until 2027, a state fund will be established to compensate victims. The Catholic Church will be required to finance the fund, paying either the entire compensation amount or a substantial portion of it. The church will also be expected to provide other elements of symbolic reparation. "The compensation will be financed by the church," stated a government spokesperson.

The Spanish Bishops' Conference has expressed concerns about the plan, rejecting it on the grounds that it discriminates against victims of sexual abuse in other organizations. "The Spanish Bishops Conference has rejected the plan, saying it discriminates against victims outside of church circles," according to the conference's statement.

Why this matters: The establishment of the compensation fund marks a significant step in addressing the long-standing issue of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in Spain. It aims to provide justice and support for the victims who have suffered for decades. The plan also highlights the ongoing tensions between the government and the church in confronting the abuse scandal.

The government aims to carry out the plans over the next four years in collaboration with the church. It will include free legal assistance for all victims and reinforced prevention supervision in schools. No details have been provided yet on the amount or timing of the financial compensation. The government has also announced plans for a future public event to offer symbolic recognition to the victims and their families.

Key Takeaways

  • Spain approves plan to compensate victims of Catholic Church sex abuse.
  • State fund to be established, financed by the Catholic Church.
  • Over 1,200 cases of abuse since 1930s, 440,000 adults potentially affected.
  • Catholic Church rejects plan, says it discriminates against other abuse victims.
  • Plan aims to provide justice and support for victims over next 4 years.