Witnesses Defend French Cardinal Accused of Abuse Cover-up
La Croix International
September 3, 2018
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon put in place the most severe measures that there are in the fight against pedophilia
|Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (Photo by Eric Cabanis/AFP)|
While months and years pass by, the Preynat scandal continues. (Father Bernard Preynat is a priest from the Archdiocese of Lyon in France accused of sexually abusing some 60 Catholic boy scouts in the 1980s and 1990s.)Of course, people are entitled to their own opinions. They can sign petitions and publish their legitimate indignation about these shameful crimes that have had such destructive effects on their victims.As for us, we are entitled to testify to certain objective facts with regard to Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, with whom we worked for six, seven and ten years respectively. Indeed, it is our duty to do so.We are witnesses to the fact that Cardinal Barbarin met all the victims who accepted his proposals to meet; that he wanted to listen to all and each of them in person; and that he listened, with all the depth of his heart, to them speak of their immense suffering....