Sexual abuse: the delicate question of the civil responsibility of the Church

Posted on Oct. 10, 2021, 11:36 a.m.Updated Oct 10, 2021, 2:26 PM

The Sauvé report has something to challenge the Catholic faithful but also… the insurers who cover civil liability for Church actors. Because it is not satisfied to bring to light the figure of 216,000 minors victims of clerics or religious. He suggests that the victims could obtain compensation for the damage suffered by taking civil action against bishops, superiors of religious institutes or legal persons constituting the Church.

This analysis should encourage the Church to get active to set up a compensation plan “of several million euros”, as indicated this weekend “Le Parisien”. Because for the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (Ciase), it is “very probable, in the event of litigation”, that the civil liability of the Church “and, in particular, of the bishop can be engaged. “. With potentially very heavy financial consequences.

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