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Jesuits planning compensation for sex abuse victims

Published: 16 Sep 2010 09:00 GMT+02:00

“We see that we Jesuits must give a signal to the victims,” Germany’s provincial superior Stefan Kiechle said in an interview with daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.

While it has not been finalised, the sum would likely be in the “four-figure area,” and discussions have focused on offering a one-time payment of €5,000, he said.

An independent commission would determine who was eligible to receive the money, which would not come from tithes or donations to the order.

“We will have to modify our lifestyle,” he told the paper.

In January a massive Church sex abuse scandal erupted in Germany, with hundreds of victims from Catholic schools and institutions – many of them Jesuit – coming forward after years of silence. So far some 200 victims have been counted.

Now the perpetrators are responsible for reparations, Kiechle said.

“But they are sometimes unreasonable, have disappeared, are sick, or dead – and then we as an order must take on the responsibility where abuse is proved but no longer litigable,” he said, adding that in the end the order was at fault.

Spokesperson for Church abuse victims' group Eckiger Tisch, Matthias Katsch, said the gesture from the Jesuits was positive, but that a sum of €5,000 was inappropriate and that a payment of €54,000 would not be too much, he told the paper. The group plans to meet with Jesuit leaders in Berlin on Saturday.

Kiechle said that some victims would inevitably be disappointed with the payment, but that it was important to make a symbolic gesture.

“Symbolic means that the gesture we offer is painful for us,” he said. “But it remains small and fragmented, as a sign of our helplessness in the face of the suffering.”

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20:44 September 16, 2010 by SNAPnetwork
Jesuits to pay $7.5 million to 2 disabled men abused by clergy

Jesuits to pay $7.5 million / 2 disabled men abused by clergy

September 06, 2002|By Harriet Chiang, Chronicle Legal Affairs Writer

The California Province of the Society of Jesus has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by two mentally disabled men who were sexually abused by members of the clergy while living at the Jesuit retirement center in Los Gatos.

The two victims -- dishwashers who lived at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center for 30 years until they moved out recently -- said they were subjected to repeated acts of sodomy and molestation for at least five years.

The $7.5 million settlement involved Fr. Thomas Smolich, now the top Jesuit official in the United States.

http://articles.sfgate.com/2002-09-06/bay-area/17562367_1_lewd-conduct-home-detention-victim
08:58 September 19, 2010 by JohnPaul44
The recent child molestation scandals are a drop in the bucket compared to the millions of horrible murders commited by mainline Christianity while doing "God's work" in the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the witch hunts during the centuries of Christian rule in Europe. Clergymen even proudly wrote textbooks on methods of torture to be used by the church.

Now these people presume to preach to us about morality?
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