Report finds 216,000 kids had been victims of French clergy intercourse abuse since 1950 By Reuters

© Reuters. A woman enters the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, France, October 4, 2021. REUTERS / Sarah Meyssonnier

PARIS (Reuters) – An investigation into sexual abuse in the French Catholic Church has found that an estimated 216,000 children have been victims of clergy abuse since 1950, said Jean-March Sauve, head of the commission that produced the report Tuesday.

The scandal in France is the latest to hit the Roman Catholic Church, which has been rocked by sexual abuse scandals around the world for the past 20 years, often involving children.

The commission was founded by Catholic bishops in France in late 2018 to investigate abuses and restore public confidence in the Church in a time of dwindling parishes. It worked independently of the church.

Sauve said in a public online presentation of the report that the problem was still there. He added that by the decade of the 2000s, the church had shown complete indifference to the victims.

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