The bishops knelt in an act of penance in Lourdes on Saturday in which an image of a weeping child was unveiled and an abuse survivor shared a testimony.
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Pope Francis assured the bishops of his support at a time of “trials and contradictions,” and entrusted them to the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary.
The French bishops have expressed concern over the Ciase Report’s recommendation that the seal of confession should be reformed
The controversy erupted a few months after the emergence of a memorandum drafted by the French bishops’ conference in response to a 2020 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith questionnaire regarding the extraordinary form, sent to bishops worldwide.