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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Roman Catholic church in the
Netherlands has agreed to launch a compensation system that clears the way for victims of abuse by priests and other church workers to receive payments of up to $138,000.
The country's Bishops' Conference and Conference of Religious Orders said in a statement Monday that the new compensation system will likely come into effect next month.
Thousands of past cases of alleged sexual abuse by Dutch priests
are under investigation by an independent but church-funded commission in the Netherlands, where the Catholic church has more
than 4 million members.
The new compensation system has a range of payments depending on the nature of the abuse.
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