Abuse in the Catholic Church: seven priests to go on trial
Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyon, above – along with six other priests – is to be tried in France on charges of failing to report historical child abuse
According to this report, the seven have been ordered to appear in court for allegedly not speaking out against abuse said to have been committed by another clergyman, Bernard Preynat, in the 1980s.
Preynat was dismissed in 2015 and prosecutors say he has admitted charges of child abuse.
His alleged victims accused Father Barbarin and others of not reporting the crimes to the authorities.
Barbarin, 66, who has denied the claims, is the most senior priest to be implicated in the scandal.
But the lawyer representing the alleged victims, Nadia Debbache, said the scandal goes beyond the accused priests. She said:
Everyone at his level has participated, including within the Vatican.
The trial will take place next April.
News of the impending trial coincides with a report that five football players at an American evangelical college have been charged with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint following a vicious attack on a 19-year-old freshman.
The victim told investigators that his assailants restrained him with duct tape, pulled down his shorts and underwear, then repeatedly tried to insert an object into his rectum. After the freshman yelled at them to stop, he was beaten.
When Wheaton College learned of the attack, which took place last year, it “disciplined” those involved by requiring them to perform 50 hours of community service and write an eight-page essay reflecting on their behaviour.
The freshman’s lawyer, Terry Ekl, said that the evangelical Christian school needs to be transparent about how it’s handling the situation.
It appears to me that no meaningful discipline was implemented against any of these boys by the college or the football programme. The school and the football staff should have to explain that to the public.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Wheaton report)