- Feb 18, 2020
French bishops on Saturday approved plans to financially compensate people abused sexually within the Roman Catholic Church.
France’s Catholic bishops plan to open their plenary assembly for the first time to lay participation following the passage of a controversial bioethics law despite mass church-backed opposition.
Several thousand conservative activists of all ages marched through Paris on Sunday to protest a French bill that would give lesbian couples and single women access to in vitro fertilization and related procedures.
Many French Catholics say the fires that engulfed Notre Dame may have also set off a spiritual spark, especially in the new generations.
Vandals and arsonists have targeted French churches in a wave of attacks that has lasted nearly two months.
Still struggling to come to terms with their share of responsibility in the clerical sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church, France’s bishops have agreed to award financial compensation to victims whose cases fall outside of France’s statute of limitations.