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French cardinal admits mistakes in child sex abuse cases / Associated Press on Cruxnow.com

A French cardinal said his diocese has made ‘some mistakes’ in the management and nomination of certain priests amid allegations that he had covered up child sex abuse cases.

“Cardinal Philippe Barbarin stressed the ‘importance’ for the victims ‘to see their right to truth and justice recognized’ in a statement issued Monday (Apr. 25) following a meeting on the issue with 220 priests from the Lyon region.

“Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon and one of the highest-ranking church officials in France, is among six church officials targeted by complaints for not reporting child sex abuse cases to judicial authorities.”

By Associated Press on Cruxnow.com — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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A pedophilia scandal is engulfing the oldest Catholic institution in France / The Week

“Rarely have so few words cut so deeply into the hearts of so many.”

A miracle did not occur in Lourdes last week.

“Instead, on March 15, the French media descended on the pilgrimage site in southwestern France, which is hosting a conference of the country’s bishops. The journalists came to grill Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who, as bearer of the ancient title ‘primat des Gaules,’ is France’s most prominent Catholic cleric. As the cardinal of Lyon, France’s second largest city, he runs a diocese rocked by a series of sexual abuse scandals. (The diocese of Lyons is also the oldest Catholic institution in France, stretching back to the Gallo-Roman period.) With the cicada-like clatter of clicking cameras, Barbarin declared he had ‘never, never, never’ hid any act of pedophilia committed by his priests. Staring hard through his severe wire-rimmed glasses, Barbarin observed that none of these acts had happened under his watch. Besides, he noted, these crimes had passed the statute of limitations, so they could not be prosecuted.

‘Dieu merci,’ he added with a sigh.

Rarely have so few words cut so deeply into the hearts of so many. With what seemed greater concern over legal liabilities for the church than the emotional scars of the victims, Barbarin compounded his clergy’s sins of commission with a stunning sin of omission. The whole episode, since baptized the French ‘Spotlight,’ may well have consequences as seismic for the French church as the Boston case had for its American counterpart.

By Robert Zaretsky, The Week — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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