“He spoke the truth, but this truth is not audible in France for those who are not Catholic, and not understandable in France in the midst of debates on so-called ‘religious separatism.’”
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Among the report’s 45 recommendations was a request for the Church to reconsider the seal of confession in relation to abuse.
The purpose of the 2,500-page CIASE report was not only to shed light on sexual abuse within the Church in France, but also to make recommendations to help the Church better address sexual abuse in the future.
Vatican News noted that the bishops’ conference statement described Darmanin’s request as an “invitation,” rather than a “summons,” as it has been widely described in media reports.
Calling the movie a “despicable anti-abortion propaganda tool,” the French government strongly condemned the broadcast network for being guilty of “obstruction to abortion.”
The French bishops’ conference and the Conference of Religious of France said in a joint statement on Aug. 9 that the man suspected of killing the priest “was staying with Father Olivier Maire” at the time of the murder.
A source close to the case told Reuters that a suspect confessed to killing the priest and may be tied to the Nantes cathedral fire set in July 2020.
Access to churches and other faith communities is not expected to be restricted by the country’s anti-COVID measures, which take effect Aug. 1.
Winding from Camargue to Provence, the 147-mile pilgrimage trail traces the journey of the saint who, according to tradition, sought refuge in the region a few years after the Ascension of Christ.
The so-called ‘inclusive writing,’ which has been a bone of contention in the French political debate over the past years, is considered to be harmful to the learning process.