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Bishops' Conference of France

Coordinates: 48°50′57″N 2°18′41″E / 48.8493°N 2.31136°E / 48.8493; 2.31136
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Bishops' Conference of France
Conférence des évêques de France
PredecessorAssembly of Cardinals and Archbishops of France
Formation1966; 58 years ago (1966)
TypeEpiscopal conference
PurposeTo support the ministry of bishops
HeadquartersParis, France
Coordinates48°50′57″N 2°18′41″E / 48.8493°N 2.31136°E / 48.8493; 2.31136
Region served
Archbishop Georges Pontier
Main organ
Websitecef.fr (in French)

The Bishops' Conference of France (French: Conférence des évêques de France) (CEF) is the national episcopal conference of the bishops of the Catholic Church in France.[1]



Presidents of the Assembly of Cardinals and Archbishops of France (1945–1966):

Presidents of the conference:

Sex abuse


On November 9, 2019, the large majority of the 120 Bishops who are members of Conference of French Bishops approved a resolution agreeing that every French Catholic Bishop would pay compensation for abuse which took place in the French Catholic Church.[3][4] The size of the payouts was later determined in April 2020.[3]

In June 2019 the bishops set up the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (Commission indépendante sur les abus sexuels dans l'Église [fr], abbreviated CIASE. It was led by the former civil servant Jean-Marc Sauvé.[5][6] In 2019, the commission stated that 3,000 children in France were sexually abused by Catholic clergy and officials since 1950 and that there was an average of 40 victims per year.[7][8] In its final report, published on 5 October 2021, the commission concluded that in fact, around 216,000 children had been abused by clergy during this time. When including sexual abuse committed by lay members of the church, such as teachers at Catholic schools, they estimated 330,000 child victims.[9]

After the publication, the archbishop of Reims, Éric de Moulins-Beaufort claimed that Catholic priests were not obliged to report sex abuse confessed to them under confessional secrecy. However, French law states that anyone aware of a sexual crime against a minor must report it to the authorities. Otherwise, they risk heavy fines and imprisonment. French president Emmanuel Macron therefore summoned the archbishop to the ministry of the interior, where interior minister Gérald Darmarin received the cleric "to make sure that things are clear”.[10]

See also



  1. ^ "Links to Episcopal Conferences". CNA Catholic News Agency. CNA. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "Monseigneur de Moulins-Beaufort, un nouveau chef de file pour l'Église de France". Le Figaro (in French). 3 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "French bishops approve payouts for sex abuse victims". 9 November 2019.
  4. ^ "French Bishops Back Payments to Sex Abuse Victims - The New York Times". www.nytimes.com. Archived from the original on 2019-11-09.
  5. ^ "Commission into French church sex abuse claims opens". France 24. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  6. ^ "Commission into clerical sex abuse in France opens". 2019-06-03.
  7. ^ "At least 3,000 children were victims of sex abuse in French Catholic Church". Newsweek. 17 June 2020.
  8. ^ "French investigation: Abuse of minors in church tops 3,000 victims over 70 years - Catholic San Francisco - San Francisco, CA". Archived from the original on 2020-07-24. Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  9. ^ "French Church abuse: 216,000 children were victims of clergy - inquiry". BBC News. 2021-10-05. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  10. ^ "France rebukes top bishop for saying confessional secrecy trumps law in sex abuse cases". France 24. 2021-10-07. Retrieved 2021-10-19.