French Cardinal Barbarin: hardline Catholic mired in abuse scandal


LYON: French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, accused of covering up sex abuse, is a hardline Catholic who has been outspoken against gay marriage and championed the cause of Christians persecuted in Iraq and Syria. The 65-year-old archbishop of Lyon, France’s second largest city, has fiercely denied charges that he covered up pedophilia crimes by failing to remove a priest in his diocese known to have abused Boy Scouts decades before he took up his post in 2002. Barbarin is also accused of failing to act against another Lyon priest when it emerged in 2009 he had abused a boy in the past.



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