- Dec 10, 2019
French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon said Pope Francis would not accept his resignation following his conviction for covering up clerical sexual abuse, so he has decided to step aside temporarily for the good of the archdiocese.
As he announced he would do after he was convicted of covering up sexual abuse committed by a priest, French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon met Pope Francis March 18 to hand in his resignation.
While the Church debates how to hold bishops accountable for sexual abuse scandals, grand juries and public prosecutors are delivering it all by themselves.
After centuries of impunity, cardinals from Chile to Australia and points in between are facing justice in both the Vatican and government courts for their own sexual misdeeds or for having shielded abusers under their watch.
After a French cardinal was convicted of covering up sex abuse, Pope Francis on Thursday addressed the scandals in a meeting with Roman clergy.
France’s senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, offered to resign Thursday after he was convicted of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police, the latest high-ranking churchman to fall in the global reckoning over clergy sex abuse and cover-ups.