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Vatican opens preliminary abuse investigation into French cardinal



Issued on: 11/11/2022 – 18:30

The Vatican mentioned on Friday it was launching a preliminary investigation into French cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, after he admitted to a “reprehensible” act on a 14-year-old.

France’s Catholic church on Monday revealed that 11 former or serving French bishops have been accused of sexual violence or failing to report abuse circumstances — together with Ricard, who confessed to assaulting a woman many years in the past.

“As a way to correctly look at what occurred, it has been determined to open a preliminary inquiry,” spokesman Matteo Bruni informed journalists within the Vatican‘s first public response to the scandal.

The Vatican has nonetheless to nominate a lead investigator. It was in search of an acceptable particular person “with the mandatory autonomy, impartiality and expertise”, Bruni mentioned.

French prosecutors mentioned on Tuesday that that they had launched an inquiry into Ricard, a long-standing bishop of Bordeaux who was made a cardinal by pope Benedict XVI in 2006.

“Thirty-five years in the past, after I was a priest, I behaved in a reprehensible means in direction of a woman of 14,” Ricard wrote in a message to the Bishops’ Convention of France.

“There isn’t a doubt that my behaviour prompted severe and long-lasting penalties for that particular person,” the cardinal mentioned, including that he had since requested the lady for forgiveness.

Pope Francis mentioned on Sunday that the Catholic church was working “as finest we are able to” to combat clerical youngster abuse however admitted there have been shortfalls.

(AFP)

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