Posted by: maboulette | May 17, 2016

POPE STANDS BY CARDINAL FACING PRIEST SEX ABUSE COVER-UP CLAIMS

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PARIS — Pope Francis has voiced support for a French cardinal who has faced allegations of covering up cases of pedophile priests in his Lyon parish, saying he shouldn’t resign.

Francis said in an interview with French Catholic daily La Croix coming out Tuesday that a resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarian “would be a mistake, an imprudence.”

Francis said “we must now wait for the result of the proceedings before the civil courts,” but resigning now “would amount to admitting guilt.” “Based on the information I have, I think in Lyon, Cardinal Barbarian has taken the necessary measures and has taken things well in hand,” the pope said. “He is a brave and creative man, a missionary.”

Barbarian, one of the most high-ranking officials in the French Catholic Church, has been targeted by two investigations for not reporting cases of child abuses by priests to judicial authorities. The cardinal has denied any cover-ups, but acknowledged “some mistakes in handling and appointing some priests” last month. Other church officials have been also investigated.

In September, the pope made an unprecedented statement on the church sex abuse scandal, in a wide-ranging press conference in route to Rome from his first-ever visit to the United States.

 

 


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