The French Catholic Church has had an estimated 3 000 paedophiles in its ranks over the previous 70 years, the top of an impartial fee investigating the intercourse abuse scandal mentioned. (Photograph by: Philippe Lissac/Godong/Common Photos Group by way of Getty Photos)
The French Catholic Church has had an estimated 3 000 paedophiles in its ranks over the previous 70 years, the top of an impartial fee investigating the intercourse abuse scandal mentioned in an interview revealed on Sunday.
The fee is because of publish its findings on Tuesday, which is able to mark the end result of 2-1/2 years of labor, probing allegations of abuse going again to the Fifties.
“We’ve estimated the quantity (of paedophiles) as standing at 3 000, out of 115 000 monks and spiritual officers, going again to the Fifties,” fee head Jean-Marc Sauve instructed the Journal du Dimanche paper.
A spokesperson representing the French Catholic Bishops’ Convention declined to touch upon Sauve’s remarks.
A Vatican spokesperson mentioned it might look ahead to the total report back to be revealed earlier than deciding on whether or not to remark.
The scandal within the French Church is the most recent to hit the Roman Catholic Church, which has been rocked by sexual abuse scandals all over the world, typically involving kids, over the previous 20 years.
The French Church’s official Twitter account (@Eglisecatho) posted a prayer in assist of the victims on Sunday.
The French Church, which has seen dwindling numbers of trustworthy in recent times, mentioned in March it might suggest monetary compensation to those that have been victims of abuse.
Final month, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cologne determined to take a “non secular time-out” from his duties after committing grave errors in a disaster over clerical sexual abuse.
A report revealed final yr in Britain mentioned the Catholic Church acquired greater than 900 complaints involving over 3 000 situations of kid intercourse abuse in England and Wales between 1970 and 2015, and that there have been greater than 100 reported allegations a yr since 2016.