Portugal’s Catholic Church to Compensate Sexual Abuse Victims

Portugal’s Catholic Church said on Thursday it will financially compensate victims of child sexual abuse within the Church, setting the amounts to be paid on a case-by-case basis, an approach survivors’ groups have criticised.

Members of Portugal’s Bishops’ Conference (CEP) have been meeting since Monday at the Shrine of Fatima in central Portugal to discuss the compensation, among other issues.

A report in February 2023 by a Church-funded Portuguese commission found that at least 4,815 minors had been sexually abused by clergy – mostly priests – over seven decades.

The report’s authors said their findings were the “tip of the iceberg”, and commission head Pedro Strecht added that more than 100 priests suspected of child sexual abuse remained active in Church roles.

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