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The Church and its sexual crimes

The scale of sexual crimes committed by members of the Catholic Church poses an unprecedented justice challenge for many countries on several continents. A multitude of transitional justice mechanisms are at work to uncover the truth about these crimes, bring accountability and provide redress to victims. The Church, the judiciary and governments have initiated commissions of enquiry, truth commissions and trials. Revelations follow one another, identifying tens of thousands of victims and thousands of perpetrators of sexual abuse committed over decades. Justice Info sheds light on this very sensitive and often innovative justice system in the face of an extraordinary institutional crime.

Sexual crimes in the Church: pressure grows as revelations spread

Three years ago, Justice Info published a map of investigations undertaken around the world into sexual crimes in the Catholic Church. This year has been marked by important new revelations, particularly in Latin America and Europe. They confirm the scale of the crimes and the difficulty of responding to them with justice. We take a […]
By Clémentine Méténier (for Justice Info)
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Religious people (in small format) are lined up to confess in turn to the ear of a church member (in large format) who hides one eye while listening with one ear.
Illustration : © Thomas Azuelos for JusticeInfo.net