Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a French cardinal who was convicted after which acquitted of covering up for a pedophile priest in a case that fuelled a reckoning over clergy sexual abuse in France.
Lyon Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, 69, had supplied to resign when the Lyon courtroom in March 2019 first convicted him and gave him a six-month suspended sentence for failing to report the predator priest to police.
Francis declined to simply accept it then, saying he wished to attend for the result of the attraction. He allowed Barbarin to step apart and switch the day-to-day working of the archdiocese over to his deputy.
In January, after an appeals courtroom acquitted Barbarin, the cardinal stated he would once more ask Francis to simply accept his resignation. He stated he hoped his departure would permit for the church in Lyon to “open a brand new chapter” with new management.
In a tweet despatched Friday from an account that now labels him “emeritus” archbishop, Barbarin thanked members of his flock and supplied them a last prayer: “Follow Jesus intently.”
Francis did not title a alternative archbishop on Friday. A short Vatican assertion merely stated he had accepted the resignation. At 69, Barbarin is six years shy of the traditional retirement age for bishops.
The French bishops’ convention stated Monsignor Michel Dubost would proceed serving as momentary administrator till a brand new archbishop is introduced. The bishops stated in a press release that they prayed the Lyon church would “observe the work of fact and reconciliation that it has begun and renew its missionary zeal with a pure coronary heart.”
Barbarin had been accused of failing to report the Rev. Bernard Preynat to civil authorities when he realized of his abuse. Preynat has confessed to abusing Boy Scouts within the 1970s and 1980s. His victims accuse Barbarin and different church authorities of covering up for him for years.
Barbarin instructed the attraction listening to that he adopted Vatican directions in his dealing with of the case.
Preynat is on trial in Lyon. During days of testimony earlier this 12 months, he stated he could not recall precisely what number of boys he abused however gave an estimate of no less than 75.
He testified that his bishops knew of his attraction to younger boys however that none of them acted to cease or report him. Preynat was defrocked in July, about 40 years after mother and father first wrote to the Lyon diocese to boost alarms concerning the priest.