Pedophilia in the Church: Call for the resignation of the bishops of France

After the publication of the report of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church, three personalities, Christine Pedotti, Anne Soupa and François Devaux call on the bishops of France to resign. 

Monday October 11, six days after the publication of the report of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (CIASE), faced with a situation described as "bankruptcy", Christine Pedotti, Anne Soupa and François Devaux call on the bishops of France to collective resignation.

This petition launched respectively by the editorial director of Christian Testimony, the theologian and the co-founder of the Liberated Word has already gathered 3175 signatures.

Le CIASE report unveiled Tuesday, October 5 revealed overwhelming conclusions, "a disaster" as pointed out Véronique Margron, president of the Conference of Religious of France, during the submission of the report by Jean-Marc Sauvé.

216 minors were abused by 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.

The appeal signed by Christine Pedotti, Anne Soupa and François Devaux evokes "an appalling record".

“The toll is there, appalling: several hundred thousand children wounded in their flesh and soul, prevented from believing and loving for many years, hundreds of thousands of broken and damaged lives. "

A "terrible" observation which, according to the signatories of this petition "does not make it without appeal". "The remedy must be equal to the disease" they assert.

They believe that "decisions adapted to the disaster that we are discovering" must be taken, stressing that "the current rules for the exercise of authority, power and responsibilities which allowed this disaster will not make it possible to remedy it".

If they specify that all the French bishops have undoubtedly not "covered up crimes", they recall that "the very structure of the Catholic hierarchy supposes a continuity and a solidarity between each bishop and his predecessor". It is for this reason that Christine Pedotti, Anne Soupa and François Devaux, declare "if all are not guilty, all are responsible".

It is for all these reasons that they ask "as a sign of hope and renewal", the "collective resignation of all the bishops in office" which will be for them "a first concrete, costly act of repentance. , towards the victims ”as well as“ the only attitude which can allow the restoration of the Church house ”.

“So let's leave hesitations and scruples to the cloakroom; let us also leave there the titles, the crosses, the bolsters, and the Roman collars. "

“Together, let us make the Church a reliable home; a house where children and women are safe, where consciences are respected, where freedom is protected. »Write the signatories of this appeal in conclusion.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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