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French Cardinal to Stand Trial in Sex Abuse Cover-Up Case

(VOA): A French court has set a date in 2019 for the criminal trial of a French cardinal and a high-ranking Vatican prelate suspected of covering up a child sex abuse scandal in the eastern diocese of Lyon.

Victims of a priest who has confessed to preying on them have summoned Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, Monsignor Luis Ladaria Ferrer, head of a powerful office in the Vatican, and five other Catholic Church officials in court for allegedly being informed of the priest's past abuses and not reporting them to authorities.

A Lyon court on Wednesday set the trial to January 7-9.

Barbarin has admitted some “mistakes” but denied any attempt to cover up the case.

The upcoming trial will be the most prominent church sex abuse case in France.

(This story has not been edited by N24 staff and is Voice Of America auto-generated from a RSS feed)

Published Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2018 | 12:47 PM

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