Sexual harassment in the Catholic Church: Investigation reveals thousands of pedophiles in the French Church

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Illustration of Mass in a church in Paris.

Thousands of pedophiles have operated within the French Catholic Church since 1950, said the head of a panel investigating mistreatment by church members.

Jean-Marc Sauvé told French media that the commission had found evidence of 2,900 to 3,200 perpetrators – out of a total of 115,000 priests and other clergy.

“That is a minimal estimate,” he added.

The Commission will release a full-length report on Tuesday (05/10). This report is based on church, court, and police archives; and interviews with victims.

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