Catholic Church hurts children – level 3

11-10-2021 07:00

A report said that since 1950, an estimated 216,000 children may have suffered sexual abuse by members of the French Catholic Church.

The report is about the systemic phenomenon of pedophile criminals in the Catholic Church, and it suggests all the bishops knew about it, meaning that for years aggressors were allowed to continue with the abuse. It is terrifying for the French society and for the Catholic Church, too.

The 2,500-page document comes as the Catholic Church looks to admit to shameful secrets that it long covered up. The leader of France´s Catholic bishops has asked victims for forgiveness and he offered monetary compensation of 5,000 euros. However, some people argue that such compensation isn´t ethical.

Difficult words: systemic phenomenon (when something happens many time in a large group or organization), pedophile (a person who is sexually attracted to children), ethical (morally right).

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