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Austrian Church to pay for abuse

(06-25) 09:29 PDT VIENNA, Austria (AP) --

A panel set up by Austria's Roman Catholic Church to help victims of abuse by clergy or church officials on Friday presented a model that would award up to euro25,000 ($30,700) for those most seriously mistreated.

The compensation schedule foresees payments of euro5,000 ($6,150) for minor abuse cases, euro15,000 ($18,440) for more serious ones and euro25,000 ($30,700) for extremely grave instances of mistreatment.

Panel leader Waltraud Klasnic said she expects Austria's bishops to accept the recommendations once they review the issue.

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