‘3000 paedophiles’ held positions in French Catholic Church since 1950s — leaked report

An investigation into the French Catholic Church has uncovered shocking revelations about child sexual abuse. An independent commission leading …

An investigation into the French Catholic Church has uncovered shocking revelations about child sexual abuse.

An independent commission leading the investigation says between 2,900 and 3,200 pedophiles have held positions in the church since the 1950s.

A report by the commission, which examined church, court and police archives as well as interviews with witnesses, is to be released Tuesday, but details were leaked earlier.

“It is painful because of what the victims suffered. As for the perpetrators, I’m ashamed, I’m outraged, I can’t understand it,” said Archbishop d’Ornellas of Rennes, Dol and Saint-Malo.

The commission was established in 2018 by the French bishops’ conference in response to a growing number of historical allegations of sexual abuse.

After setting up a confidential hotline at the start of the investigation, it received thousands of messages from the public.

Two and a half years later, the report is 2,500 pages long, according to Jean-Marc Sauvé, who headed the commission.

Representatives of victims’ groups are expected to attend the report’s official release.

In June, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis was a global “catastrophe.”

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