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France's timid political response to damning report on child sex abuse in Catholic Church

Jean-Marc Sauvé, president of the independent CIASE commission into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, presenting his report in Paris on October 5th 2021. © Photo Thomas Coex / AFP Jean-Marc Sauvé, president of the independent CIASE commission into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, presenting his report in Paris on October 5th 2021. © Photo Thomas Coex / AFP

On Tuesday October 5th a report revealed the shocking scale of child sex abuse inside the French Catholic Church over many decades. The report's authors estimate that 330,000 minors have been the victims of sexual abuse within the church since 1950, a majority of them at the hands of ordained clergy. Since the report's publication the overall reaction from the political classes, both Left and Right, has seemed timid. Some politicians, however, are calling for the courts to intervene and for the church to undergo deep reform. Mathieu Dejean, Mathilde Goanec, Pauline Graulle and Ilyes Ramdani report.

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Father Bernard Preynat, on far right in second row, at a church ceremony presided over by Cardinal Barbarin in Lyon in April 2015. © lyon.catholique.fr Father Bernard Preynat, on far right in second row, at a church ceremony presided over by Cardinal Barbarin in Lyon in April 2015. © lyon.catholique.fr

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