‘Thousands of pedophiles’ in French Catholic Church since 1950 | News

The head of the commission’s probe scandal says it has found between 2,900 and 3,200 pedophile priests or other members of the church.

Thousands of pedophiles have been active within the French Catholic Church since 1950, the head of an independent commission investigating the scandal said just days before the report was published.

The commission’s investigation had uncovered between 2,900 and 3,200 pedophile priests or other members of the church, Jean-Marc Sauve told the AFP news agency on Sunday, adding that it was “a minimal estimate”.

The committee’s report comes out Tuesday after two and a half years of research based on church, court and police records and interviews with witnesses.

The report, which Sauve says is 2,500 pages long, will attempt to quantify the number of perpetrators and the number of victims.

It will also look at “the mechanisms, particularly institutional and cultural” within the church that allowed pedophiles to remain, and will make 45 proposals.

The Independent Commission was established in 2018 by the French Catholic Church in response to a number of scandals that shocked the Church in France and around the world.

Prior to its founding, Pope Francis passed a landmark measure requiring those aware of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to report it to their superiors.

The commission, made up of 22 legal professionals, physicians, historians, sociologists and theologians, was tasked with investigating allegations of child abuse by clergy from the 1950s.


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