French court upholds not-guilty ruling for cardinal in sex-abuse case


FILE PHOTO: Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, arrives at the courthouse to attend his appeal trial in Lyon, France, November 28, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

PARIS (Reuters) - France's highest court for civil cases, the Cour de Cassation, on Wednesday rejected an appeal against an earlier court ruling that had found Roman Catholic cardinal Philippe Barbarin not guilty of failing to report clerical sexual abuse.

Last year, an appeals court overturned a 2019 ruling against Barbarin, who was convicted of failing to report sexual abuse.

Barbarin was given a six-month suspended prison sentence in March 2019 but he denied the allegations and appealed.

A court had ruled that from July 2014 to June 2015 Barbarin covered up allegations of sexual abuse of boy scouts in the 1980s and early 1990s by former French Catholic priest Bernard Preynat.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Giles Elgood)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In World

Singapore warns children susceptible to virus variants, shuts schools
At Miss Universe pageant, Myanmar's contestant pleads "our people are dying"
Chile ruling coalition heading for upset in constitutional delegates vote
The unwitting are the target of Covid-19 falsehoods online
Israel launches dozens of strikes as Gaza fighting enters second week
Free at last to hug and party: UK reopens for business
Hawaii man sentenced to supervision over Utah cyberstalking
G7 urged to donate 'emergency' supplies to vaccine-sharing scheme
Peru voter simulation shows Castillo and Fujimori now neck and neck
Chileans urged to make voices heard on rewriting of constitution

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers