French church hit by new paedophile priest scandal

French church hit by new paedophile priest scandal

Published: 28 Apr 2016 12:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Apr 2016 12:30 GMT+02:00

From the Link:

A priest in south-western France has been accused of sexually abusing a minor, the latest in a long line of alleged paedophilia in French churches.

It was the mother of the victim who spoke out, claiming that her son – the nephew of the priest – was abused two decades ago.
The assaults allegedly occurred in Bayonne, in south western France, when the victim was a teenager.
Bayonne Bishop Marc Aillet, who is known for his conservative positions and leading a crusade against abortion, said in an open letter to his diocese on Wednesday said he had reported the matter to the Bayonne prosecutor.
The accused priest, Jean-François Sarramagnan, has been suspended from all ecclesiastical function.

Aillet said the priest had twice attempted suicide and had previously been suspended from his duties to attend “therapy”, although it remains unclear for what exactly.

France’s catholic church has been besmirched by a number of similar claims recently.

Earlier this week, a French cardinal accused of covering up for another paedophile priest admitted to “errors in the management and nomination of certain priests”

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, made the admission in a statement after a meeting at the bishop’s residence in Lyon to discuss accusations the church failed to report several child sexual abuse cases in the area.

The meeting, which was held behind closed doors and attended by some 220 priests, heard from a victim of Bernard Preynat, a priest who has admitted sexually abusing scouts under his supervision over 25 years ago.

Several complaints have been brought against Barbarin for failing to inform the authorities about Preynat and other priests targeted by abuse allegations in his diocese.

The media-friendly cardinal, one of the top figures in the Church in France, has vehemently denied any cover-up.

“The cardinal recognised that the diocese committed errors in the management and nomination of certain priests,” the statement issued after Monday’s meeting said.

“We failed to fulfill our obligation to investigate and to seek the truth,” Yves Baumgarten, vicar-general of the diocese, told a later press conference.
The scandal is the worst to hit the Catholic Church in France since 2001, when a bishop was given a three-month suspended jail sentence for failing to inform authorities about a paedophile priest.
Asked whether there were calls at the meeting for Barbarin to step aside, Baumgarten said that some priests were favourable to him stepping aside while the investigation was ongoing the vast majority wanted him to remain in his position.
The Catholic Church in France has announced plans for an independent commission of secular experts to advise bishops on handling allegations of clerical abuse as well as for local units in charge of listening to victims’ complaints.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on April 28, 2016, in Bishop Marc Aillet, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Diocese of Lyon, Father Bernard Preynat, Father Jean-François Sarramagnan, Pope Benedict XVI, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I would like to puke over your lies..Hope that you will have what you deserve…jail forever and the ones that pretend don’t know anything. .same jail. You are rapists.

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