Pedocriminality in the Church: 216 people have been victims of clerics or religious since 000

The Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (CIASE) submitted its report on Tuesday, October 5. Overwhelming conclusions which estimate at 216 the number of minor victims of clerics and religious since 000. 

The Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (CIASE) is an independent and multidisciplinary body created by the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF) and the Conference of Religious Men and Women of France (Corref). Entrusted to Jean-Marc Sauvé, it is responsible for "shedding light on the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable people in the Catholic Church since 1950".

This Tuesday, October 5, the commission's final report was presented by the chairman of the commission Jean-Marc Sauvé during a meeting which was broadcast on several platforms, including the page Facebook of the CIASE.

The 485-page Sauvé report with over 2 appendix pages evokes overwhelming figures. It reveals that 500 minors were abused by clerics and religious in France between 216 and 000. A figure which climbs to "1950 if we add lay aggressors working in the institutions of the Catholic Church" add Jean-Marc Sauve.

A reality which has long been ignored by the Church, as the president of the commission underlines it by affirming that the Catholic Church showed "until the beginning of the years 2000 a deep indifference, and even cruel with regard to the victims" .

Jean-Marc Sauvé also indicated that sexual violence is "significantly" more important in church circles than in all other circles. He also recalled that we must "get rid of the idea that sexual violence in the Catholic Church has been completely eradicated".

He declared that he now passed "the witness to the Church" as well as to the "independent commission on sexual violence and incest". He then sent a message of "gratitude" to the victims, those who spoke "without whom nothing could have been done" and those whom they could not meet, "they are undoubtedly the most suffering, and c 'it is with them that I want to end ”.

The president of CIASE concludes his speech with a message of hope and hope.

“Our hope cannot and will not be destroyed and the church can and should do whatever is necessary to restore what has been damaged and rebuild what has been broken. "

For the future, the commission proposes a list of 45 recommendations in which it urges the Catholic institution to take its responsibilities individually and systemically and to rethink its organization.

Bishop de Moulins-Beaufort, President of the CEF and Sister Véronique Margron, President of Corref, each took their turn to express their sadness and dismay at these conclusions.

"Your report is harsh, it is severe" declared Mgr de Moulins-Beaufort, who added to have heard through Jean-Marc Sauvé's report and the various speeches, "the voice of the victims" as well as " their number ”. “Their voices overwhelm us, their number overwhelms us”.

"Mr. President, can we receive a disaster?" What to say, if not above all to experience an infinite sorrow, a carnal shame, an absolute indignation. It was with these words and with emotion that Sister Véronique Margron began her speech.

“We only reach hope through truth. This is where my church, the religious life in our church is, this is where we are, ”she concluded.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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Article originally published in October 2021.

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