- Apr 2, 2020
Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a French cardinal who was convicted and then acquitted of covering up for a pedophile priest in a case that fueled a reckoning over clergy sexual abuse in France.
A French appeals court on Thursday acquitted a French cardinal of covering up the sexual abuse of minors in his flock.
One of the first people to notice Bernard Preynat’s unhealthy obsession for young boys was the supervisor at the seminary where, still a teen, the future priest started training for his career in the Church.
A French cardinal said Thursday he did not understand why he was found guilty of covering up sexual abuse of children, as an appeals court hearing began that will decide whether to uphold his conviction.
Pope Francis has named a retired bishop to serve as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Lyon, France, three months after refusing to accept the resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, arguably the Church’s leading expert on the clerical abuse scandals, on Monday said the issue is front and center on the Synod of Bishops but cautioned against expectations of “quick answers.”