Conviction against abuse of persons

Abuse of Persons 

Situations of abuse of persons have occurred in the Church, by lay people, religious and priests. Fondacio strongly condemns these abuses, which are punishable by State justice and punished by the domestic law of the Catholic Church.

The President of Fondacio, François Prouteau, was present with about a hundred moderators, leaders or delegates of associations of the faithful and ecclesial movements, gathered in Rome on 13 June 2019 at the invitation of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life for an annual meeting on the theme "Prevention of sexual abuse: the commitment of associations and ecclesial movements".

They were invited to be more accountable and share best practices. The Prefect of the Dicastery, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, asked on this occasion that, in each association, a specific office be set up for this purpose for the elaboration of the necessary instruments and the training of competent persons. 

Wishing to help and support people who, within the framework of Fondacio, would present themselves as victims or who would be brought to its attention as such, Fondacio has set up a reception unit within this office to endeavor to accompany them, as well as their entourage:

  • In compliance with the law and any legal proceedings,
  • In compliance with ecclesiastical rules and obligations,
  • In order to move towards the truth of situations and responsibilities.


To contact the "victim-abuse" reception cell: contact-abus (at)

Fight against abuse: where does the Church stand?

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In the Apostolic Letter of Thursday, May 9, 2019 "Vos estis lux mundi" ("You are the light of the world"), Pope Francis promulgates the provisions concerning the fight against sexual abuse.

Find out more : English version French version  Spanish Version

In the "Letter to the People of God" of August 20, 2018, Pope Francis attacked the clerical culture of silence that has long covered abuses. He called, through penance, for a spiritual renewal of the Catholic Church. 

Find out more : English version French version  Spanish Version

The journal Études has published several in-depth articles on the subject. Among the latter are: « Preventing Pedophilia » (June 2017), "Chile - a Church in crisis" (September 2018).

Father Zollner sj: "Bishops' initiatives are multiplying for the protection of minors."

The Church proceeds with determination in its commitment to the protection of minors. Interview with Father Hans Zollner, President of the Centre for the Protection of Minors at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

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Some recommendations of national churches

In Belgium: document of the Bishops and Major Superiors of Belgium « Une souffrance cachée. Pour une approche globale des abus sexuels dans l’Eglise »

In France : document of the Bishops of France « Lutter contre la pédophilie » et le site internet Lutter contre la pédophilie :

A call for witnesses issued by the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (CIASE).

In Chile, on the 31st of may 2018, Pope Francis wrote to the Catholics of Chile :