11 bishops accused of sexual abuse – DW – 11/07/2022

11 bishops accused of sexual abuse – DW – 11/07/2022

French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard was among 11 former or current bishops. accused of sexual assault church body revealed on Monday.

Cardinal Ricard’s statement admitting abuse was read at the conference Bishops of France in Lourdesa city in the southwest of France.

Archbishop Eric de Moulin-Beaufort, head of the French bishops’ conference, said all those accused would face disciplinary action.

Moulin-Beaufort told reporters that the bishops were shocked by the cardinal’s public statement.

The report states that French clergy sexually abused children

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Cardinal says he molested 14-year-old girl

Ricard said in his statement that “thirty-five years ago, when I was a priest, I behaved reprehensibly towards a 14-year-old girl.”

“There is no doubt that my behavior caused serious and lasting consequences for that man,” the cardinal said, adding that he apologized to him.

Ricard was bishop of Bordeaux from 2001 to 2019. He said he would give up all functions and be available to church and legal authorities.

The retired cardinal is now 78 years old.

The Catholic Church under surveillance

An independent commission investigating abuses in the French Catholic Church said last year it had thousands of child abusers in its ranks over many years.

The commission added that French clergy have abused an estimated 330,000 children over the past 70 years.

An inquiry in 2020 found that the Catholic Church in England and Wales had failed over the years to protect children from sexual abuse by protecting alleged perpetrators.

rm/rs (Reuters, AFP)



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