The Fifth Republic of France is to adopt a controversial policy regarding child abuse in the country.
As from January 2009 the senior (or oldest) Roman Catholic male in all catholic communities has to sign a National Child Abuse Register on behalf of the whole community.
The policy is the culmination of a 6 year study carried out by The University of Paris (Sorbonne) which it is claimed show that Roman Catholic Communities in France abuse children 10% more than the national mean average.
An unnamed source said the abuse ranged from "Long winded sermons to forced bible study"
It is unclear how the new policy will be monitored or implemented but a French Government spokesman said today that "France plans to use its influence in the European Community to roll-out the policy Europe wide before 2012."
The official Vatican public relations spokesman was unavailable for comment as he was undergoing his daily flagellation but a Swiss Guardsman said it was "outrageous, Father will not be a happy man"