Pedophile Priest Scandal: Cardinal Barbarin “thinks Victims Every Day”
March 9, 2016
THE FACT OF THE DAY. We met Tuesday Archbishop Philippe Barbarin. The Archbishop of Lyons, accused of having protected a pedophile priest responds to victims who file complaints against him. “The resignation, for me, is not relevant. If I am guilty, then we’ll see, “he says.
In front of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere Tuesday afternoon on the heights of Lyon, a few dozen meters from his archbishop, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin argues, relaxed, with an old parishioner. True to himself, he collects big hand gestures as if he had Italian blood.
Since it is specifically referred to two complaints from victims of pedophile priest Bernard Preynat for not denouncing these acts, he did not personally expressed. The day before, his entourage has informed us that he could not respond positively to our request for interview. But when we decide to question him directly on the square, the Primate of the Gauls, currently in turmoil, finally agrees to deliver. And to face the accusations of the alleged victims of Father Preynat who reproach him for not having alerted justice since 2007 when it experienced the past pedophile of scouts priest. What do you say to the victims of the father Preynat? M GR BARBARIN . In 2007, these are rumors and these are very old facts. I have not seen anyone at that time. When, in 1991, the priest was moved to another parish, Archbishop I’m not, I’m not responsibilities. And then, there are twenty-five years, we must not forget that we are also in a different mentality compared to pedophilia. Have you thought in 2007 to prevent the judiciary? I do not even think. Again, I hear things about the past of the priest but that’s it. How to improve the warning system? Maybe Consider later we have external advisors in this type business. But what is certain is that I am deeply touched. I think the victims every day, I think the wound was very deep, it is that the word will be released through their association. Do you suffer attacks aimed directly? I am more sensitive to their suffering only mine. If I can help … I wear the terrible suffering caused by this priest. Are you planning to resign, or put you back the time for justice to say? The resignation, for me, is not a matter news. If I am guilty, if I am “opportunity to scandals,” then there will be seen. Justice will do its job. Have you changed your agenda? I have not changed anything (note: Tuesday night, he was to participate in a panel discussion with medical students on the theme What hospitality Hospital Can sure?) . My schedule is concrete. I am totally in my mission. Here I come to pray the Blessed Virgin!