French bishops take part in a plenary session at Notre-Dame du sanctuaire in Lourdes, November 5, 2019, as part of the Bishops' Conference of France at the Lourdes Sanctuary. / AFP / PASCAL PAVANI
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French bishops Saturday approved a program of payouts to victims of sex abuse by priests -- but survivors have already objected that the Church has not gone far enough in admitting responsibility.Voting at the bi-annual Conference of French Bishops (CEF) in the southern city of Lourdes, a large majority of the 120 bishops approved the payments to those who had suffered abuse within the Church.On Saturday, another victim of abuse, Olivier Savignac, objected that the bishops had not waited for the findings of the independent commission.A few months earlier, a French cardinal, Philippe Barbarin, received a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority.
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