French Cardinal, 11 Bishops Accused of Abuse, by Jules Gomes

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By Jules Gomes, Church Militant, November 8, 2022

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LOURDES, France (ChurchMilitant.com) – A leading French cardinal and 11 bishops have been accused of sexual abuse and cover-up, a day after Pope Francis hinted that new cases of clerical predation had come to light.

The French bishops’ conference revealed Monday that 78-year-old Cdl. Jean-Pierre Ricard admitted to abusing a 14-year-old girl when he was a priest 35 years ago in the diocese of Marseille.

“I behaved in a reprehensible way,” Ricard confessed in a letter read at a news conference by Abp. Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, the current president of the bishops’ conference. “My behavior has necessarily caused serious and lasting consequences for this person.” …

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