“Given the magnitude of the drama and the unprecedented nature of the crime (the persecutions of the Jews and the anti-Semitic laws, Editor’s note)too many pastors of the Church have by their silence offended the Church itself and its mission.
Today we confess that this silence was a fault. We also recognize that the Church in France then failed in her mission of educating consciences and that she thus bears, along with the Christian people, the responsibility for not having brought help from the first moments when protest and protection were possible and necessary.
(…) This failure of the Church of France and its responsibility towards the Jewish people are part of its history. (…) We implore God’s forgiveness and ask the Jewish people to hear this word of repentance. This act of memory calls us to increased vigilance in favor of man in the present and for the future. »