After the release of the damning new inquiry, victims of abuses in the French Catholic Church’s sexual sphere have called for action.
The report states that some 216,000 children were sexually assaulted by the clergy of this organization, mostly boys, since 1950.
According to a Vatican statement, Pope Francis felt “pain” upon hearing the findings of the inquiry.
After revelations of abuse, victims are suing for compensation.
François Devaux, who founded the former victims’ association La Parole Libérée(Free Speech) The report stated that the “betrayal or trust was committed, as well as morale and children’s betrayal.”
He demanded compensation for victims. He said it twice at the launch of the report: “You have to pay for all these crime,”
Olivier Savignac (head of victims’ association) is also a survivor. Parler et RevivreThe report was described by (Speak Out and Live Again) as “an earthquake”. Similar calls were made for real compensation for the affected.
“It is not just a couple thousand euro – we take it with a tiny payment and sweep away. It’s not. No.
Previous announcements by the French Church have included a plan to provide “financial assistance” for victims. This will be implemented starting next year.
An assortment of victims’ organizations stated they expected concrete and clear responses from the Church in the light of the inquiry.
Reports indicated there were between 2,900 and 3,200 abusers. According to the report, the child abuse rate in France may rise to 330,000 when you consider the abuses that were committed by priests or teachers at Catholic schools. The victims should also be paid.
According to the Vatican, the pope had “deep sorrow” about the victims and praised their courage for coming forward.
- The Catholic Church and Sex Abuse
This report is the result of a variety of abuse allegations and prosecutions against Catholic Church officers around the globe.
French Catholic Church ordered the independent inquiry in 2018. This independent investigation lasted for more than two-and a half years, combing through Church and police records as well as speaking with victims and witnesses.
Many cases that were assessed during the inquiry have been deemed too old under French law to warrant prosecution.
Nearly 2,500 pages of the report state that victims included boys aged 10 to 13.
According to the report, it stated that not only had the Church failed prevent abuse but also failed reporting it. At times, they had knowingly put children in touch with predators.
“There was a whole bunch of negligence, of deficiency, of silence, an institutional cover-up,” the head of the inquiry, Jean-Marc Sauvé, told reporters on Tuesday.
He stated that the Church showed “deep, total, and even cruel indifference”, towards victims up until the 2000s.
“The victims don’t believe, they aren’t listened to.” “If they are heard, it is possible that they contributed to the events they were experiencing,” he said.
He also stated that the Catholic Church continues to suffer from sexual abuse.
Although the report found evidence of up to 3,200 abusers (out of an overall 115,000 priests or other clergy), it concluded that this number was most likely underestimated.
According to the report, “The Catholic Church has, after family and friends,” the highest rate of sexual violence.
The inquiry also revealed that 60% of those who had been abused went on to have “major problems in their sexual or emotional lives”.
Few cases that were investigated resulted from disciplinary actions, and none of them led to criminal prosecutions.
However, most of the cases can no longer be brought to court. The inquiry asked the Church for its responsibility and offered compensation to those who were hurt.
While financial compensation wouldn’t address trauma suffered by victims, the report stated that it was essential in completing the recognition process.
The report also included recommendations on how to prevent abuse. These include training priests and other clergy and encouraging policies that recognize victims.
These cases were more than 50 years old, with over half occurring before 1970. This will still be a moment when many French people realize the enormity of Church sexual abuse. It is now a characteristic of society that what was once anecdotal or purient has become a major feature.
Reporting shows that even a few tinkering around with the ecclesiastical structure can’t make a difference.
It is important to recognize that the priests committed systematic sexual abuse against children. The Church, not individual rogues, was responsible.
They will shock many in the Church. The moment will be welcomed by many as a form of catharsis. Sister Veronique Margron (president of the Conference of Religious Orders) said it best: “If it must tremble then let it tremble.”
President of the Bishops Conference of France who requested the report said that victims’ numbers and experiences are “beyond anything we could imagine”.
“I confess my shame and my fear. I am determined to work with them.” [the victims]”So that the refusal of seeing, hearing, hiding or masking the truths, and the unwillingness to speak out publicly about them, all disappears,” said Archbishop Eric de Moulins.
Another clergyman Monsigneur Emmanuel Gobillard told BBC Newshour that it was a “very significant moment” for his church.
He said, “We know that it’s systemic,” and it was huge. We cannot make cosmetic changes. Deep reform is needed.
This year’s Pope Francis amended the Roman Catholic Church laws to make explicit the crime of sexual abuse a criminal offense. It was the most significant overhaul in almost 40 years.