Sex Abuse Issue Overshadows Back to School Period in French Diocese

By Benevent Tosseri
La Croix International
September 4, 2018

[See also the petition.]

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin during an act of public repentance for the victims of sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy, on Nov. 18, 2016. (Photo by Fabrice Caterini-Inediz/Ciric) Mathurin, 19, was quick to add his name to an online petition calling for the resignation of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon.This is hardly surprising since he is the son of a victim of Father Bernard Preynat, a local priest accused of abusing dozens of boys between 1970 and 1980.But more surprisingly, he says “fifteen or so” of his friends have also signed.“They didn’t do it to support me,” Mathurin, a dental student, insists. “They did it because they also reject church institutions to various degrees.“Some believe the church could...








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