Pope al­lows em­broiled French car­di­nal to re­sign

The Kansas City Star - - News -

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.

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