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Cardinal could be cleared in France's biggest sex abuse case


Added 01-10-19 04:18:02pm EST - “LYON, France ?" France's most important church sex abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a pedophile priest?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Cardinal could be cleared in France’s biggest sex abuse case”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LYON, France — France’s most important church sex abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a pedophile priest, despite years of efforts by his victims to seek justice.

The Rev. Bernard Preynat confessed to abusing Boy Scouts, and his victims say church hierarchy covered up for him for years, allowing him to work with children right up until his 2015 retirement.

But by the time the cover-up trial reached court in Lyon this week, the statute of limitations had expired on some charges.

Even the prosecutor argued against convicting Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who was alleged to have covered up Preynat’s sex abuse, along with other church officials, saying there were no grounds to prove legal wrongdoing.

Victims’ lawyers seemed to have little hope for a conviction, despite an emotional trial in which grown men recounted their childhood fear and shame after alleged abuse by a respected priest.

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