The ceremony was meant to be discreet, according to “The wish of both parties”. Gérald Darmanin presented the Legion of Honor on Monday evening to Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF).
The Minister of the Interior presented him with this decoration at the headquarters of the CEF in the 7th arrondissement, we learned from the entourage of the minister and the CEF, confirming information from the daily “La Croix”.
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Gérald Darmanin greeted “Courage and determination” Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, a man “Of conviction and dialogue”, “In the face of the difficulties encountered by the Church concerning acts of pedophilia”. The date and the delivery by the Minister had been scheduled since ” end of August “, it was also underlined.
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The CEF is one of the two bodies of the Catholic Church to have commissioned Jean-Marc Sauvé’s report on child crime in the Catholic Church since the 1950s, the publication of which in October caused a shock wave in the ‘institution.
The day after the publication of the conclusions, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort had created controversy by asserting that the secret of the confession was “Stronger than the laws of the Republic”, which had earned him to be summoned by the Minister of the Interior to explain. He then recognized a “Clumsy wording”.
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