An independent enquiry into child abuse in the Catholic Church looks set to shake France as its head said the commission’s research uncovered thousands of pedophiles.
The commission found between 2,900 and 3,200 pedophile church members since 1950 — and that’s a “minimum estimate,” Jean-Marc Sauvé, the head of the enquiry, told AFP ahead of the publication of the findings Tuesday.
Earlier this year, he estimated there could be “at least 10,000” victims.
The Bishops’ Conference of France decided to launch the commission in 2018, following repeated scandals.
The 2,500-page report is the result of interviews with witnesses and the research of church, court and police archives. It will offer estimates of the number of offenders and victims and detail “institutional and cultural” mechanisms that allowed offenders to stay in place, Sauvé said.