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(LifeSiteNews) — Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, Archbishop of Reims and president of the French Bishops Conference, published a groveling communiqué after his meeting with home affairs minister Gérald Darmanin, who had summoned the prelate to a meeting following his statement saying that “the seal of confession is binding” for Catholic priests, “and as such, it is stronger than the laws of the Republic.”

Moulins-Beaufort pronounced these words in an interview following the publication of a damning report on clerical sex abuse of minors and vulnerable people last week, in which an “Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church” (CIASE) concluded that some 216,000 people had undergone such crimes at the hands of priests and religious between 1950 and 2020, not counting about 100,000 more who had suffered sexual abuse on the part of lay collaborators of the Church.

One of the CIASE’s most spectacular recommendations was for the Church to remove the seal of confession in case of sexual abuse of minors, obliging priests who heard of such crimes from penitents to report details to the civil authorities.

This recommendation was in fact made public during the official handing-over of the report in the conference hall of the French Bishops Conference on October 5. In his short acceptance speech, de Moulins-Beaufort did not address the issue at all. It was only next day, answering questions during a radio interview with FranceInfo, that he made his explanatory remarks. These immediately triggered a summons from minister Darmanin and indignant reactions from government spokesman Gabriel Attal, who revealed that president Emmanuel Macron himself had asked the bishop to be summoned and added: “The reaction to these remarks is very clear: there is nothing stronger than the laws of the Republic in our country.”

The meeting took place on Tuesday afternoon at the Ministry of the Interior in Paris. Eric de Moulins-Beaufort published the following communiqué soon afterwards:

I ask forgiveness of the victims and all those who may have been pained or shocked by the fact that the debate sparked by my remarks, on FranceInfo, on the subject of confession, took precedence over the acceptance of the content of the CIASE report and over concern for the victims.

+ Éric de Moulins-Beaufort

Of course, the bishop had no responsibility in the fact that the debate should have taken place at all, since — surprisingly, for the Catholic faithful — he did not immediately underscore the absolute character of the seal of confession when the “Independent Commission” mandated by the Church in France made public its suggestion.

Instead, he waited for a journalist to question him regarding the CIASE’s recommendation, and then gave his answer, which is a mere reiteration of what the Catholic Church believes and teaches, without even touching upon the nature of the sacrament of Penance that makes the confessor the recipient of the confession of sins acknowledged before God.

The “debate” that followed was due to the secularist reaction of the French executive.

The archbishop’s apology was followed by a press statement by the French Bishops Conference that gave further information:

Mgr. Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, President of the French Bishops’ Conference, met with Gérald Darmanin, minister of the Interior in charge of religious affairs, on Tuesday, October 12, at the latter’s invitation. They were able to discuss the quest for truth by the Catholic Church in France regarding the sexual violence and assaults committed within this institution since 1950. The publication of the report of the CIASE (Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church) is an essential step in this quest for truth, and the work done by Mr. Jean-Marc Sauvé and his team has been acknowledged to be remarkable. The French Bishops Conference (CEF) and the Conference of Religious in France (CORREF) have asked the Pope to grant an audience to Mr. Jean-Marc Sauvé and the members of the CIASE.

Regarding the “remarkable” work of the Commission, it is necessary to set some records straight. Its report speaks of a total of “2,900 to 3,200” “predators,” and of “at least” 10,000 victims, of whom a fraction actually spoke to the CIASE, either in direct conversations (243) or in writing (2,819).

To reach the number of 216,000 quoted above, investigations were not so meticulous. The Commission asked IFOP, a mainstream polling institute, to survey a representative sample of the French public, including 28,010 individuals who answered an anonymous online questionnaire, and extrapolated from there. No mention is made in the report of guidelines to verify the veracity of these responses.

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Following the US Supreme Court's decision to allow Texas' Heartbeat Law to go into effect, Joe Biden made the announcement that he would initiate a "whole-of-government" response against the new pro-life statute which could ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

This is yet another, outright confirmation of Biden's openly pro-abortion policies, policies which have the main objective of ensuring that women will continue to be able to kill their own children without impediment.

This anti-life, anti-Catholic stance needs to be urgently addressed and condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For the good of the Church, for the good of pre-born babies, for the good of the faithful, and, indeed, for his own good, Joe Biden needs to be publicly rebuked by the bishops and excommunicated until such time as he repents from his pro-abortion policies.

Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

Thank you!

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"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." - Matthew 6:24

In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.

We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.

Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion

Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.

In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden's eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our 'Catholic' politicians.

The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.

Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.

But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden's candidacy.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.

Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.

  • In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.
  • Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
  • Biden said that he wouldn't defend Hyde, and he hasn't.

And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.

Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a "Catholic" in Biden's position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.

American rank-and-file Catholics don't want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this "pre-eminent" life-and-death issue.

We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and "dialoguing."

50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!

So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and "dialoguing." [**Please see "Notes" below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]

And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.

We call on them to choose God and choose Life!

And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden's promotion of abortion!

SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance

Biden administration has opened the way for ‘abortion by mail on a massive scale’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-administration-unleashed-by

‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-biden-marks-roe-v-wade-anniversary-with-pledge-to-make-abortion-available-for-everyone

BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-dc-archbishop-affirms-he-will-give-holy-communion-to-pro-abortion-joe-biden

Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-puts-brakes-on-us-bishops-confronting-problem-of-pro-abortion-biden-receiving-holy-communion

Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion

Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-floats-excommunication-for-biden-over-his-aggressive-promotion-of-abortion

Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bidens-hhs-is-lying-about-title-x-to-push-abortion

List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/list-of-us-bishops-for-and-against-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-like-biden-pelosi

Notes about USCCB's June Meeting:

For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.

Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.

And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.

Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.

Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).

It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.

And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.

These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.

But, it will not.

Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.

With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by “dialoguing” with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.

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Besides, the handling of the survey results was done by Nathalie Bajos, a member of the CIASE who is a researcher by profession at INSERM (National Institute for Health and Medical Research), where she directs the “Gender Team.” She has previously conducted research on contraception as a tool for “masculine domination,” access to contraception in France, “contemporary issues regarding the legalization of abortion,” and the like. Bajos often expresses herself in feminist and mainstream media and can be perceived as a “left-wing feminist.”

In a conference given by Bajos at the Don Bosco Lycée (high school) in Nice, on the southern coast of France in 2001, she made clear that she favors “sexual autonomy” for minors and that the fact that children watch porn should not “alarm” their parents because it is just one element of their sexual development. The video of that conference was unearthed by FL24.

The CIASE report revealed that over 50 percent of clerical predators admitted to having had illicit sexual relations before entering the priesthood, or to having had a problem with pornography.

Such information sheds a new light on the CIASE report: In reporting truly horrible crimes it did not insist upon the shattering of children’s innocence but on the fact that they were submitted to sexual acts to which they could not give their free consent because of the authority their aggressors had over them.

The French Bishops Conference’s press statement went on to say:

Mgr. Éric de Moulins-Beaufort was able to discuss with Mr. Gérald Darmanin the awkward wording of his answer on France Info last Wednesday morning. The State has the task of organizing social life and regulating public order. For us Christians, faith appeals to the conscience of each person, it calls to seek the good without respite, which cannot be done without respecting the laws of one’s country.

While it is true that “[t]he State has the task of organizing social life and regulating public order,” according to the distinction that should be made between the temporal and the spiritual, all state laws are not respectable, either because they encroach upon the realm of the spiritual, or because they contradict natural law. For the state to regulate the seal of confession is a clear example of such encroachment. Laws that legalize abortion or mandate the free and anonymous supply of contraceptives to minors — as exist in France — cannot be respected and put on the same plane as laws that regulate the protection of life and property. The French bishops appear to have forgotten this.

In an even more concerning development, the press statement added:

The extent of sexual violence and aggression against minors revealed by the CIASE report requires the Church to re-read its practices in the light of this reality. Work is therefore needed to reconcile the nature of the confession and the need to protect children.

One can only wonder what this means, since the seal of confession can never be broken. Surely the need to protect children requires careful consideration: For instance, a child who reveals that he or she has been abused can be asked to repeat such an accusation outside of the confession, thereby allowing the confessor to act. A predator who confesses such a sin can be encouraged to give himself up to the authorities, and absolution can be withheld if necessary, but the Church can never decide to override the seal of confession. If it did, the few Catholics who still go to confession would in all probability have second thoughts about revealing grave sins — to the detriment of their eternal salvation.

Among other commitments, the statement said:

Bishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort reiterated the determination of all the bishops and, with them, of all Catholics, to make the protection of children an absolute priority, in close collaboration with the French authorities. This is the meaning, for example, of the protocols that already link 17 dioceses in France with public prosecutors’ offices, in order to facilitate and accelerate the treatment of reports of any act that has been reported. The Minister of Justice has indeed just encouraged the development of this type of system.

The Bishops of France, meeting in their Plenary Assembly from November 3 to 8, 2021, will work together on the basis of the CIASE report and its 45 recommendations, on the measures and reforms to be pursued and undertaken, in close communion with the universal Church.

These recommendations include “synodality,” reviewing the status of the priest as “another Christ,” handing over more power of governance in the Church to lay people and particularly to women, reviewing its “taboo” vision of sexuality and experimenting with the extension of the ordination of married men as suggested at the Amazon Synod.

But such is the “shame and dismay” expressed by Eric de Moulins-Beaufort in the name of the Church of France following the findings of the CIASE report, that it seems that any questioning of its hammering of the Church as an entity and its recommendations to make it function as a merely human, democratic institution, have been made socially impossible.

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