France catholic church child sex abuse, french formed counter reformation

An investigation reveals'massive' child sexual abuse in the French Catholic Church

Since 1950, French Catholic clergy sexually molested around 216,000 youngsters, a "massive epidemic" masked by a "veil of silence," an independent inquiry found Tuesday.

Overall, it discovered that 2.5 percent of French clergy had sexually molested adolescents since 1950, a figure lower than the 4.4 to 7% revealed by comparable investigations in other nations.

France catholic church child sex abuse, french formed counter reformation
The Catholic Church in France voiced "horror and shame" over the abuse and pleaded for "pardon."
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