A scandal has engulfed the Catholic Church in France. According to one report thousands of pedophiles have been operating inside the church since 1950.
The commission’s research that published the report found between 2,900 and 3,200 pedophile priests or other church members.
Jean-Marc Sauve told the AFP news agency that the commission’s full report would be released on Tuesday after two and a half years of research based on church, court and police archives, as well as interviews with witnesses.
The report, which Sauve said is 2,500 pages long, will try to determine the number of offenders and the number of victims.
He will also look at “mechanisms, especially institutional and cultural ones” within the Church that allowed pedophiles to stay, and will offer 45 proposals.
The independent commission was set up in 2018 by the French Catholic Church in response to a number of scandals that rocked the Church in France and around the world.
Prior to its formation, Pope Francis passed a landmark measure that obliges those who know about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to report it to their superiors. Composed of 22 legal professionals, doctors, historians, sociologists and theologians, the commission’s committee was to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse by clerics dating back to the 1950s.
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