[ Editor’s Note: So if pedophilia was rampant in the church, just imagine what it was like among the ‘nice’ people. I mention it because the search for the others must continue, along with asset stripping and imprisonment, something we do not hear much around among the church folks.
And if Boys Town in the US was a ‘grooming’ facility, imagine what the third world could contribute to the toll. The AP story, below the Politico one, is more detailed, and with a 330,000 victim count after adding in the ‘scout leaders and camp counselors’.
With 65 million French, just extrapolate that out to the other countries where the Catholic church spread the disease, and then add in the Protestants, also worldwide, and what the hell, do the number over a 100 year period.
The church specialized in boy victims, 80%, with the regular folks going for the girls, 75%. That makes you wonder what one of the attractions for the priesthood might have really been.
They should have had special prisons for these people. If I could push the magic button I would make it a capital crime, as I am having a meanie day… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … October 05, 2021
The incredible number of 216,000 victims under the age of 18 have been sexually abused by priests and other clerics in the French Catholic Church since 1950, an investigation has found.
The landmark report was released Tuesday morning after 2.5 years of investigation. The independent commission that compiled the report was set up by Catholic bishops in France at the end of 2018.
“You are a shame to our humanity. You have trampled on the obligation of protection of life and human dignity, even though it is the essence of your profession,” said François Devaux, head of the victim group La Parole Liberée (The Liberated Word) in response to the findings.
“You must pay for all these crimes,” he added, addressing church figures in the audience at the public presentation of the report in Paris.
Jean-Marc Sauvé, chairman of the independent commission that compiled the report, explained during the press conference that the majority of victims, around 80 percent, were boys.
“A large number of the victims were aged 10 to 13 years old. Even 11 to 12 years old. These were boys. It’s a clear characteristic of the Catholic church,” said Sauvé, adding that “these numbers are more than preoccupying, they are overwhelming, and in no case can they be left without proper action.”
The Catholic Church, in multiple European countries and the U.S., has been shaken by a flood of allegations that members of the clergy have carried out wide-ranging abuse against minors for years.
PARIS (AP) — Victims of abuse within France’s Catholic Church welcomed a historic turning point Tuesday after a new report estimated that 330,000 children in France were sexually abused over the past 70 years, providing the country’s first accounting of the worldwide phenomenon.
The figure includes abuses committed by some 3,000 priests and an unknown number of other people involved in the church — wrongdoing that Catholic authorities covered up over decades in a “systemic manner,” according to the president of the commission that issued the report, Jean-Marc Sauvé.
The 2,500-page document was issued as the Catholic Church in France, like in other countries, seeks to face up to shameful secrets that were long covered up. Victims welcomed the report as long overdue and the head of the French bishops’ conference asked for their forgiveness.
The report said the tally of 330,000 victims includes an estimated 216,000 people abused by priests and other clerics, and the rest by church figures such as scout leaders or camp counselors. The estimates are based on a broader research by France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research into sexual abuse of children in the country.
The study’s authors estimate 80% of the church’s victims were boys, while the broader study of sexual abuse found that 75% of the overall victims were girls.
You can read the full article at AP here.