Catholic Church joins sex abuse compensation scheme
|bbc.com 30 May 2018 at 06:37|
The Church said it was "keen to participate" in the scheme, to be co-ordinated by the Australian government.
"Survivors deserve justice and healing and many have bravely come forward to tell their stories," said Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
The Church is the first non-government organisation to join the scheme, which is scheduled to begin in July.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the decision as a "significant development".
Mr Turnbull has previously said that survivors could receive payments of A$150,000 (£85,000; $110,000) each.
However, the exact scope of the compensation will be determined by how many governments and institutions opt in.
The royal commission inquiry, which concluded in December, heard more than 8,000 testimonies about abuse in churches, schools and sports clubs.