“We voted for the creation of the Independent Commission for Recognition and Reparation”, by a “unanimous” vote, declared Sister Véronique Margron, President of the Conference of Religious Men and Women of France (Corref, Catholic congregations). This is a separate structure from the Independent National Authority for Recognition and Reparation (Inirr), announced in early November by the bishops of France.
The primary mission of this new body created by Corref will be to recognize the victim’s words, to “give him faith”. “It is an act of reparation,” Sister Margron explained at the end of a general assembly of this organization which was held for four days in Lourdes.
“From there, according to the wish of the victim, the commission will mediate – either itself or via other mediators – with the religious institute concerned”, from which the victim’s aggressor comes, for a possible financial compensation. According to her, “the art of this commission will be to obtain a consensus” between the two parties.
The 300 or so officials of the Corref, which represents the monks, nuns, brothers and sisters of the Church, have also voted to create a subsidiary endowment fund “for the moment supplied to the tune of 500,000 euros”. It will be used when the religious institute no longer exists or when it is notoriously insolvent, Sister Margron said.
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