Pope allows embroiled French cardinal to resign
Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a French cardinal who was convicted and then acquitted of covering up for a pedophile priest in a case that fueled a reckoning over clergy sexual abuse in France.
Lyon Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, 69, had offered to resign when the Lyon court in March 2019 first convicted him and gave him a six-month suspended sentence for failing to report the predator priest to police. Francis had declined to accept it then, saying he wanted to wait for the outcome of the appeal.
Francis didn’t name a replacement archbishop on Friday.