Prominent French cardinal convicted of child sex abuse cover-up

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Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was found guilty by a court in Lyon of failing to report to the justice authorities accusations against a paedophile priest in his diocese in what is being described as France’s most important church sex abuse trial,

The court handed Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyon ,a six-month suspended prison sentence for not reporting the facts in the period between July 2014 and June 2015.
The case stems from the case of Rev. Bernard Preynat’s where alleged victims said Barbarin and other church officials covered up for him for years

Barbarin, 68, is one of the most prominent Catholic figures in France.
The French church has been roiled in recent years by allegations against predator priests which have come to light in the wake of a global move by victims to come forward with evidence.




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