French justice confirms that Cardinal Philippe Barbarin did not cover up abuses

The highest instance of French justice, the Court of Cassation, has confirmed the acquittal of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin. He had been charged with a cover-up for failing to report abuses committed by priest Bernard Preynat in the 1980s and 1990s.

Cardinal Barbarin had been sentenced in the first instance in March 2019 to 6 months in prison with suspended sentence. 

In January 2020, he was acquitted and several victims appealed to the French Court of Cassation, which has ratified the acquittal.

After the conviction in the first instance, Philippe Barbarin presented to the Pope his resignation from the government of the Archdiocese of Lyon. Francis accepted it and appointed an apostolic administrator.

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