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French cardinal convicted over sex abuse cover-up

AFP, Lyon

The archbishop of Lyon, the most senior French cleric caught up in the global paedophilia scandal that has rocked the Catholic church, announced his resignation yesterday after being given a six-month suspended jail term for failing to report sex abuse. A court in Lyon, in southeastern France, had ruled that 68-year-old Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who was not present for the verdict, was guilty of failing to report allegations of abuse of minors committed by a priest in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the third senior French cleric to be found guilty of failing to report sex abuse.

“I have decided to go to see the Holy Father to hand him my resignation. He will receive me in a few days’ time,” Barbarin told a news conference after the verdict. “Independently from my own fate, I wish once again to stress my compassion for the victims,” he said.

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