Pope accepts resignation of cardinal previously accused of covering up sex abuse

by Daniel Payne · Mar 6th, 2020 2:17 pm

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Philippe Barbarin, the French cardinal who was accused, convicted, and later acquitted of covering up sexual abuse allegations in the French Catholic Church.

Barbarin last year became the first high-ranking church official to be convicted of concealing sexual abuse by church clergy. The cardinal was found to have covered up an abuse allegation against Father Bernard Preynat, a priest in the archdiocese of Lyon.

An appeals court later struck down that conviction, saying that the adult male who had made the allegation was capable of reporting it to authorities on his own.

Barbarin — who though retired in his official capacity as a cardinal remains a member of the Catholic clergy — said he would accept another assignment should Francis offer it.


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