Between 2,900 and 3,200 clergy and other officials have been accused of child abuse, an independent investigation into sexual abuse within the French Catholic Church since 1950 shows. news agency AFP. The investigation will be published on Tuesday and will reveal multiple abuses surrounding sexual abuse. According to an anonymous source citing AFP, the report will “hit like a bomb”.
The Commission of Inquiry has spent two and a half years investigating child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in France over the past 70 years. In doing so, the committee relied, among other things, on the police, courts and church archives. In addition, witnesses were asked to report, for example by calling a special telephone number. It sparked thousands of responses.
The report will also estimate the number of victims who experienced sexual abuse. These numbers are compared with other organizations such as schools and sports clubs. In addition, the committee investigated whether there are institutional mechanisms that concealed child abuse for so long. President Sauvé already said last year that the treatment of child abuse within the church was often flawed in the past.
The Commission consists of lawyers, psychologists, doctors, teachers, historians and theologians. In November 2018, French bishops called for an independent commission to be set up to investigate abuse scandals since the 1950s. The investigation on Tuesday will be presented to the president of the bishops’ conference in France, among others. The report will contain dozens of recommendations.