PARIS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The French Catholic Church has had an estimated 3,000 paedophiles in its ranks over the previous 70 years, the pinnacle of an unbiased fee investigating the intercourse abuse scandal stated in an interview printed on Sunday.
“We have estimated the number as standing at 3,000, out of 115,000 priests and religious officials, going back to the 1950s,” fee head Jean-Marc Sauve instructed the Journal du Dimanche paper.
A spokesperson representing the French Catholic Bishops’ Conference declined to touch upon Sauve’s remarks. The fee is because of publish its findings on Tuesday.
The Roman Catholic Church has been hit worldwide by sexual abuse scandals, usually involving youngsters, over the previous 20 years.
Editing by Frances Kerry