Car­di­nal goes on trial over Lyon pae­dophile scan­dal

The Guardian Weekly - - Gobal Report -

The high­est-pro­file Catholic cleric to be em­broiled in a pae­dophile scan­dal in France is go­ing on trial charged with fail­ing to re­port a priest who abused Scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

Car­di­nal Philippe Bar­barin, the arch­bishop of Lyon, one of the most prom­i­nent Catholic fig­ures in France, is ac­cused with five oth­ers of help­ing to cover up abuse. Bar­barin, 68, an arch­con­ser­va­tive, could face up to three years in prison if con­victed. He de­nies the al­le­ga­tions. The scan­dal emerged in 2015 when a for­mer Scout said a local priest had abused him 25 years ear­lier.

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