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Catholic archbishop in France stands trial for not reporting child abuse

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Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, arrives to attend his trial, charged with failing to act on historical allegations of sexual abuse of boy scouts by a priest in his diocese, at the courthouse in Lyon, France, January 7

In France, a prominent Catholic archbishop is tried as part of a pedophile scandal as he is accused of failing to report a clergyman, convicted of abusing boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

French news agency AFP reports on Monday, January 7, that Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, in central eastern France, is charged along with five others from his diocese of helping cover up abuse in one of the parishes in the territory.

The 68-year-old Cardinal, who is one of the central Catholic figures in France, could face up to three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros, if found guilty of failing to report the abuse.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin denies the allegations.

Amid Catholic sex abuse cases in Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Chile and the U.S., Roman Catholic Pope Francis has summoned top bishops from around the world for a February summit at the Vatican on tackling abuse.

Some campaigners link the crimes to celibacy, the principle that Catholic priests must remain unmarried and call for the principle to be abandoned.


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