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Rebel priest says he's being punished by church

A Catholic priest says he's been punished by church leaders in France after he gathered more than 100,000 signatures for an online petition that called for a prominent cardinal to resign because of his handling of child sex-abuse cases

Reported by: AP [ Published on: November 02, 2018 17:45 IST ]
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PARIS (AP) — A Catholic priest says he's been punished by church leaders in France after he gathered more than 100,000 signatures with an online petition that called for a prominent cardinal to resign over his handling of child sex-abuse cases.

Rev. Pierre Vignon says he was informed by email Thursday that he is no longer being considered for service on a church court where he has officiated as a judge since 2002.

Speaking Friday in a phone interview, Vignon says the decision shows that church leaders remain in two minds about how to deal with sex-abuse cases.

Vignon's petition called for the resignation of Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon since 2002. Vignon faults the cardinal's handling of a notorious alleged pedophile priest suspected of abusing Lyon boy scouts in the 1980s.

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