A case of voyeurism: the bishop of La Mancha wants to reassure the diocese

A case of voyeurism: the bishop of La Mancha wants to reassure the diocese

Monsignor Laurent Le Boulc’h hopes for a “safe house for all”. (© Gilles PATRY)

The Santier affair, named after former bishop of Créteil, a native of Granvillesanctioned Vatican for acts of voyeurism on two adults in the 1990s when he was priest at Coutances and the headmaster of the local religious school, sent shock waves through community of the diocese of Coutances and Avranches.

In this context, the current bishop Monsignor Laurent Le Boulc’haddressed the message to the diocese and members of the Catholic clergy: “Since the revelation in the press of serious acts committed by P. Michel Santier in the 1990s at Coutances, many of you shared your reactions with me in writing or in person. I have received words from you of great anger, deep misunderstanding or questioning of the Church. »

“It is an immense sorrow that rises in your hearts for all the victims, for those who walked in faith thanks to Fr. Santiero, for himself and for the Church so painfully wounded. This great sadness is mine too. This was further emphasized when I received the latest information shared with me by Bishop Dominique Lebrun. This led me to ask Bishop Michel Santier to no longer publicly celebrate the sacraments, including the Eucharist, with the sisters. »

Bishop Le Boulc’hBishop of Coutances and Avranches

He is now the former bishop of Créteil recluse at the abbey of Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, in the heart of the Cotentin. The Bishop of Coutances and Avranches seeks to provide answers to a number of legitimate questions: “How did we come to this? They question the mystery of man and his story, the discernment of the Church, the adequacy of certain canonical measures and the transparency of procedures. In November 2021, the bishops of France took measures and launched “significant reforms” to prevent the recurrence of such facts.

“Making the Church a Safe Home for All”

“Some are already implemented, others are being prepared. Procedures have been specified that give more room for this words of people who are victims of pedocrime, sexual abuse, conscience or authority. If we have progressed, we still have a long way to go, and this is all the more true because those who have committed serious errors have attained a high degree of responsibility, such as that of a bishop. We will have to learn from this tragedy. Strengthened by these changes, I hope that the Catholic Church will become a safe house for all, and especially for the most vulnerable,” concludes Laurent Le Boulc’h.

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