More than 200,000 children sexually abused by French Catholic clergy, damning report finds

CNN (10/05/2021)
  • A recent report disclosed that France’s Catholic clergy has abused 216,000 children over the last 70 years.
  • The abused minors rises to 330,000 when including victims at Catholic schools and youth programs.
  • Most of the abuse occurred from 1950-1968, when it was widely ignored by the Church.
  • The investigation also found that Catholic clergy pedophilia was in decline until the early 1990s.
  • Recommendations to prevent future abuse include “reinforcing the presence” of women in Church decision-making and psychological evaluations for prospective priests.