The Minister of the Interior and Worship received, Tuesday, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, the president of the Conference of Bishops of France. “The secrecy of confession imposes itself on us and in this, it is stronger than the laws of the Republic”, had declared the latter, on franceinfo, on October 6.
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The Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, said Tuesday, October 12, that priests having knowledge of “crimes” against “children under 15” had to “bring” these acts of child crime “to justice”. He was speaking at the National Assembly after having received, as Minister of Worship, the president of the Conference of Bishops of France, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort. “The secrecy of confession imposes itself on us and in this, it is stronger than the laws of the Republic”, had declared the latter on franceinfo, on October 6.
“I asked the President of the Conference of Bishops of France to come and see me”, indicates @GDarmanin. “I allowed myself to repeat to him, as I say to each of the cults, that there is no law superior to the laws of the National Assembly and the Senate”. #DirectAN pic.twitter.com/LLy2Vfrufh
— LCP (@LCP) October 12, 2021
The words of Eric de Moulins-Beaufort had aroused strong reactions. “If a priest receives, in the context of confession, either from a victim or from an author, the knowledge of the existence of facts which are taking place (…) then he has the imperative obligation to put a end to these facts “, hammered the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti. “And if [le prêtre] does not, he can be sentenced? “he was asked.” He must be, it is called ‘non-prevention of crime or misdemeanor’, replied the minister.
The co-founder of the Vigie de laïcité association, Nicolas Cadène, notably recalled that “the law of the Republic always prevails in the secular framework”. Article 434-3 of the Penal Code indicates moreover that “the fact, for anyone with knowledge of assaults or sexual assaults inflicted on a minor not to inform the judicial or administrative authorities (…) is punished by three years imprisonment and 45,000 euros d ‘fine”. The penalties rise to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros when the offenses which are not denounced are made on a minor under 15 years of age.
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