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PEDOHILIA AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN FRANCE

In France, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, is to go on trial next year on criminal charges of covering up sexual abuse. Also in the dock will be archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, the head of the Vatican’s powerful doctrine office, and five other Catholic church officials who allegedly failed to report allegations of abuse to the authorities.

Barbarin is accused of covering up for Father Bernard Preynat, a priest charged with sexual aggression and rape of a minor and accused of abusing boy scouts in the 1980s. Barbarin has said he was convinced the priest reformed in 2007-2008 when they met.

Preynat retired in August 2015 after being relieved of his duties by the diocese. He was charged in January with sexual aggression of minors for a person in a position of authority.

Barbarin has admitted some “mistakes” but denied any attempt to cover up the case.