Church to move after scathing abuse report


Western Europe

Maarten Stolk, RD

The former minor seminary of Chavagnes-en-Paillers, in western France, where hundreds of children were abused in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. image AFP, Sebastien Salom-Gomis

Tens of thousands of children have been victims of sexual abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Church in France since 1950. These are shocking figures that a commission of inquiry released last week. What do they mean for the church? Four questions and answers.