French Cardinal’s Admission Renews Scrutiny of Church Sexual Abuse

By Aurelien Breeden
The New York TImes
French Cardinal’s Admission Renews Scrutiny of Church Sexual Abuse - The New York Times

“It is a process that we are undertaking, and we are carrying it out with courage, and not everyone has courage,” he said, adding that the “will of the church is to clarify everything.”

In France, the reckoning over sexual abuse in the Catholic Church culminated in a sweeping report last year that estimated that 200,000 to 300,000 children or vulnerable people had been abused over the past 70 years by clergy members or people affiliated with the church — a projection based on a general population survey, a public call for victims’ testimony, archival analysis and other sources.

The Bishops’ Conference of France had announced several measures in the wake of the report, including the sale of church real estate and other assets to compensate sexual abuse victims.

Archbishop de Moulins-Beaufort said the church authorities would…

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