The Catholic Church in France is reeling with a report that over the last sixty or seventy years tens of thousands have been abused by priests, nuns and religious.
The response, of course, is one of shock, dismay and horror. We condemn all forms of abuse–especially sexual abuse of minors.
However, it is fair to ask what the researchers consider to be “abuse”. It is not an attempt to downplay or dismiss the abuse claims in the least, but in the quest for truth, transparency, clarity and justice it is right to ask what, exactly, this abuse consists of.