Church’s awareness of pedophilia increasing

LaCroix International

May 31, 2019

The French Senate’s Information Mission on Sexual Offenses against Minors, which was created last autumn following a series of revelations of abuse in the Church, published its report on May 29. Senate president Catherine Deroche (Les Républicains) told La Croix International that silence on these issues has also prevailed in other institutions.

The Senate Information Mission on Sexual Offenses against Minors was created in October 2018 following a call by the magazine, Témoignage chrétien, to launch an independent commission of inquiry into abuse in the Catholic Church.

La Croix: After months of hearings, does the Church appear worse than other social institutions involved with young people?

Catherine Deroche: The Catholic Church has been the epicenter of the revelation movement but the phenomenon of sexual assault against minors exists in many institution, religious and secular.

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