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Statement by Nadia Debbache, ECA Assembly Member and Lead Counsel for La Parole Libérée.
November 4. 2018. French priest Pierre Vignon, a judge of the Officiality or Ecclesiasticel Court of Lyon (France) has just been sanctioned for publicly asking for the resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon.
Barbarin will be on trial at the criminal court in Lyon in January 2019 for failing to report the sexual abuse of more than 70 children by Fr Bernard Preynat in the 1980s and 1990s.
Last August Vignon launched an online petition calling for the resignation of Barbarin. The petition collected more than 105,000 signatures.
Under the pretext of a technicality in church law, and designed to punish Vigonon for his […]