OUR COMMITMENT Protecting children and young and vulnerable people
With the universal Church, the Foyers de Charité want to examine every aspect of the scourge and the suffering represented by pedocriminality for any society and the huge consequences it has on the personal life, psychology and spiritual life of those who are or have been victims of it.
« Like a loving mother, the Church loves all her children, but cares for and protects the smallest and most defenceless with a very particular affection: It is a task which Christ Himself entrusted to the entire Christian community as a whole. Aware of this, the Church remains vigilant regarding the protection of children and vulnerable adults » Pope Francis, 4 April 2017
(Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu proprio).
The Foyers de Charité reaffirms their determination to fight against pedocriminality, sexual assault and all forms of abuse, in collaboration with the judicial and ecclesial authorities in the different countries where they are located.
Our mission of hospitality and openness to all (children, young people, adults) makes us accountable for the way we take care of the smallest and most vulnerable.
Faced with the gravity of the subject and the urgency to take action, we want to implement these measures and make a real commitment to this fight against sexual abuse to ensure that the Church is “a safe and secure home” for those who come seeking inward renewal.
RECEPTION and MONITORING UNIT to fight against pedocriminality and sexual assault
At the initiative of the Moderator Father and the International Council of the Foyers, a reception and monitoring unit to combat pedocriminality and sexual assault in the Foyers de Charité was created in June 2017.
It is composed of men and women who are members of the Foyers de Charité, and takes advice from professionals in the legal and psychological domains.
The tasks of this unit are as follows:
- Propose campaigns to build awareness and prevent the abuse of people within the Foyers de Charité.
- Welcome and gather any testimonies involving a member of the Foyers de Charité (priest or lay person) in order to discern what steps to take.
- Provide all those who turn to the unit for help with a response and receive them if they wish.
- In cases where the justice system can no longer operate, carry out the necessary investigations (meet witnesses, consult archives, carry out any research on other people, etc.) in order reveal the truth with greater clarity.
- Advise the Moderator Father on the measures to be taken, in association with the legal and ecclesial authorities.
with the unit set up by the Foyers de Charité
The Foyers de Charité
85 rue Geoffroy de Moirans
26330 Châteauneuf de Galaure, France
The Conference of Bishops of France can also receive testimonies at the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
In accordance with the procedures in force in the Church, the different episcopal conferences of the countries where the Foyers de Charité are located can also be contacted.
When someone is aware of a crime (remember that rape is a crime) or specific evidence regarding the improper treatment or sexual assault of minors, they must notify the police. In such a case, no distinction can be made regarding the position of the alleged abuser. Whether it is a priest, lay educator or member of the victim’s family, the acts must be reported.
In France, in accordance with articles 434-1 and 434-3 of the Criminal Code, not reporting such acts is an offence and is punishable by imprisonment for 3 years and a fine of €45,000.
From the Fight against paedophilia site