Up to 3,200 pedophiles worked in French Catholic Church since 1950 - New report

Up to 3,200 pedophiles worked in French Catholic Church since 1950 - New report

A new report by an independent commission on sexual abuse has revealed that between 2,900 and 3,200 pedophile clergymen have worked in the French Catholic Church since the 1950s.

"We had to cross historical, sociological, medical and psychiatric perspectives. We had to call upon skills in the area of child protection, social work, questions of abuse and also bring to bear skills in the area of theology and law," said Jean-Marc Sauvé, president of the independent commission to CNN on Sunday, October 3, ahead of the release of the commission's final report on Tuesday.

The report aims to establish the facts and provide an understanding of what happened in order to prevent "such tragedies" from taking place in the future. But the report does not aim to establish "personal responsibility," according to the commission's website.

This commission was set up before Pope Francis issued an edict in May 2019 that established new rules for reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, mandating for the first time that all dioceses set up systems for reporting abuse and cover-ups.

The commission is made up of 21 people and was set up in 2018 by the French Catholic Church hierarchy and religious institutes after sexual abuse scandals by priests came to light.

Sauvé said creating the commission was an important stepping stone towards addressing "this secret and hideous side of our society" and that an "enormous amount of work" had gone into building the report over the last 32 months.

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