Convicted French cardinal says pope has refused his resignation from The Guardian
GNN Note – Once again the pope on dope proves beyond question the depths of his personal criminality. Why not accept a convicted criminals resignation? This pedophile protecting pope is doing much more damage to the church than he realizes.
Philippe Barbarin was found guilty of not reporting child sexual abuse allegations
Philippe Barbarin, the French Roman Catholic cardinal convicted this month of failing to report sexual abuse allegations, said on Tuesday that Pope Francis had turned down his offer to resign.
“On Monday morning, I put forward my resignation to the hands of the Holy Father. Invoking the presumption of innocence, he declined to accept this resignation,” said Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, in a statement.
Barbarin is appealing against the verdict that he failed to report abuse claims.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Vatican’s spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, said the Vatican remained close to sexual abuse victims and the French faithful “who are living in a particularly painful moment”.
Barbarin, 68, is the most senior French cleric caught up in the global child sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic church.