Patrick Kanner, Minister of the City, Youth and Sports arrives at the Elysee, July 27, 2016. – BERTRAND GUAY / AFP
While socialist senators claim for several days the creation of a senatorial commission of inquiry on sexual abuse in
the Church, they were received, this Thursday, by Patrick Kanner, the group president in the Senate, who supports the initiative.
If Patrick Kanner recognizes that "this request is not a consensus," he announced that he wanted his group to use his "draw right". A device that allows each group to create a commission, at each ordinary session.
"The goal is first to protect the victims" and "we believe this fight is right," he said.
"To shed light on the past to prevent it from happening again"
This weekend, several personalities gathering religious, ex-ministers, lawyers and victims had asked, in
an appeal published in Christian Testimony, the creation of this commission to "shed light on the past to prevent it from happening again".
The petition has gathered 25,000 signatures, said Christine Pedotti, the editor of Testimony Chretien, received by Patrick Kanner with two other initiators, Jean-Marc Salvanès and Daniel Lenoir. Senators PS Laurence Rossignol, former Minister of the Family, and Marie-Pierre de La Gontrie and Jean-Pierre Sueur, Vice-President PS of the Law Commission, were also present.
"It's about crimes, not sins"
"We are very happy that this request is being seized so quickly and in such a serious way," said Christine Pedotti, pointing out that there are "victims who are not heard", priests "who live in suspicion" and Catholics in a situation of "malaise".
"It's about crimes, not sins," she said, removing the argument of a possible sprain of secularism. On the National Assembly side, its president Richard Ferrand (LREM) closed the door on Wednesday to the idea of creating itself a parliamentary commission of inquiry on the subject, as claimed the day before by the Socialist deputies.