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The German Region of the Jesuits has joined the extended procedure in recognition of the suffering of victims of sexual abuse. The new rules for the procedure, which the German Bishops' Conference made effective on January 1st, 2021, concern both the procedure and the payment of an appropriate compensation. The German Region of the Jesuits is part of the Central European Province since 27 April 2021. As a public corporation, it is thus the legal successor to the former German Province of the Jesuits.

By participating in the procedure, the Jesuits commit themselves to securing funding for future recognition. “Also in the new Central European Province we face the continuing responsibility to do justice to those affected and to let a changed culture grow out of their experiences in our province, in which any nourishment for such acts is removed in the future," assures Fr Bernhard Bürgler SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in Central Europe. "Our goal is to create situations in which coming to terms with and healing the wounds can become possible."

Affected persons who have already received recognition payments can again apply to the Order for recognition under the new order, which will then be offset against the recognition payment already made. Therapy costs remain unaffected. The novelty is that a commission independent of the province decides on the award and the amount of recognition benefits and is guided by state jurisdiction.

Both external and internal contact persons of the Order can be found here.

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