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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

Belgian church to pay victims for abuse

By RAF CASERT and DON MELVIN

BRUSSELS – The Belgian church says it is willing to pay compensation to victims of sexual abuse by clergy to help those abused restore their dignity.

Belgium’s bishops and religious leaders said in a statement Monday they are “deeply touched and distraught” by revelations over the past year, when over 500 witnesses have come forward with harrowing accounts of molestation in the country by Catholic clergy spanning decades.

But the leader of a group of survivors said she would put her faith only in actions, not in anything the bishops said

“Whatever the bishops are saying is blah, blah,” said Lieve Halsberghe, the leader in Belgium of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “We need to see action before we believe anything they say.”

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