The editorial of the week of 08/10/2021 with Camille: Sexual abuse, conversion therapy, persecuted Christians, Bernard Tapie

Discover the editorial of the week with Camille on video to discover the subjects which animated the Christian sphere this week from articles published on the InfoChrétienne site.

This week we talked about the report of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the ChurchThe conclusions of the commission chaired by Jean-Marc Sauvé revealed overwhelming figures: 216 minors were abused by clerics and religious in France between 000 and 1950. A figure which climbs to 2020 if we add lay aggressors working in the institutions of the Catholic Church.

This is obviously a matter of great importance and the victims of these abuses deserve all our attention and our prayers. How to support them? How to "restore what has been damaged and rebuild what has been broken" (to use the words of Jean-Marc Sauvé)?

The CIASE proposes an initial response with 45 recommendations who are interested as much in the recognition of the victims, as in a reform of the law of the Church by way of a revision of the way in which sexuality is presented within the institution.

The scourge of sexual abuse obviously does not only affect the Catholic Church and is obviously not specific to France.

The executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, voted on Tuesday to have the attorney client privilege waived in a investigating their handling of sexual abuse.

Ed Litton, president of the Southern Baptist Convention since last June, said he was "grateful" thatafter "many weeks of difficult discussions, the full, transparent and unimpeded investigation can now begin." 

Another important topic this week in France is the adoption of a Law proposition on conversion therapies.

Practices that intend to transform sexual orientation or gender identity. The text carried by the deputy LREM Laurence Vanceunebrock was hasunanimously adopted by the National Assembly on Tuesday.

In the context of this bill, the National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF) and the Catholic Church recalled “their opposition to these practices”.

Each week, we bring you a focus on persecuted Christians around the world, an important topic for our writing. This week in India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

Thirteen Christian communities were attacked on Sunday in India. We deplore acts of violence, threats, the filing of complaints for forced conversion and several places of worship vandalized.

Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern on Wednesday revealed the beautiful and painful testimony of Pastor Ojih, who died as a martyr in Nigeria. A testimony to read on the InfoChrétienne site.

Pakistan is currently working on a anti-conversion bill. For minorities, including Christians, it is a question of fighting against the growing phenomenon of forced conversions to Islam.

On September 27, reacting to the proposed law, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan asserted that his government would not enact any anti-Islamic laws. Words that aroused the indignation of Christians in the country.

Heart4Iran is an organization that helps Christians and churches in Iran. Currently, thanks to local partners, it can extend its action with Afghan Christians. Mark Morris is one of those partners, he shares testimonies of Christians remained in the country living in fear.

To finish with a celebrity news:

Known as much for his successes, whether in entrepreneurship, sport, politics or even cinema, as for his escapades and his failures, the former minister, former boss of OM, who often played with the fire, crossing forbidden lines, Bernard Tapie passed away on Sunday October 3.

Aged 78, he succumbed to double cancer of the stomach and esophagus that he had been fighting for several years. During an interview in December 2020, Bernard Tapie, weakened but still with his keen sense of the subject, had confided with emotion on his faith in God.

I invite you to discover on the InfoChrétienne site the very beautiful tribute from Pastor Marcel Kouamenan delivered Wednesday in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church, in Paris to accompany the former minister on his last trip.

Camille Westphal Perrier


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