FRANCE: Cardinal Suspends Four Pedophile Priests

Reuters reports:

The Roman Catholic cardinal-archbishop of Lyon said on Thursday he had suspended four priests accused of paedophile activities and said their cases were known to French judicial authorities. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin said in a statement that the four had been working in the Lyon region in central France but gave no further details about them.

He also said other priests were the “object of special measures” without elaborating or saying how many were involved. The Roman Catholic Church has been rocked in the past two decades by sexual abuse scandals involving its priests in a number of countries worldwide, including France.

Earlier this month police questioned Cardinal Barbarin for more than 10 hours over the activities of a paedophile priest, Father Bernard Preynat, in the early 1990s and why they had not been reported to the civil authorities.

Earlier this year Barbarin admitted “mismanaging” the priests under his control. (Tipped by JMG reader Lynda)

  • TampaZeke

    SUSPENDS?

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Yes, the Priests cannot return to work until they promise to share the children with him.

    • Phil

      It’s the first step in the process of laicization – permanently removing him from the priesthood. Suspension effectively stops all his ministries.

      • Robincho

        Laicization — from the root word “lay”, which is what’s got them here in the first place…

    • Adam King

      He tied the ends of their dresses to the rafters.

      • MT YVR

        oooh Suspension play! (pulls out hooks) Where do we set up?

        …. Awwwww…

        • Joe knows who I am.

          At the Vatican.

    • MBear

      rhymes with ‘depends’ and equally full of shit

    • Gest2016

      Hopefully suspended from their testicles, and then snipped with a dull pair of scissors.

      • Nic Peterson

        Pinking shears.

        • Joe knows who I am.

          Nail file. -_-

      • douglas

        Chainsaw.

    • Jerry

      Oooh, I’ve never been to a public priest hanging before.

      • Robincho

        Too soon not too soon…

  • Mike D

    Okay, now turn them over to the authorities.

  • Cuberly
  • ChrisMorley

    Pope Francis told us twice about his new procdures for sacking Bishops who fail to prevent abusing clergy. I notice no action to disciple negligent Cardinal Barbarin.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Breaking News: Bill Donahue protests priest’s suspensions

    //snark

    • YakHerder

      This was exactly my thought.

  • Adam King

    How do you say “Too fuckin little, too fuckin late” in Latin?

    • TuuxKabin

      et stupri nimium sero stupri.

      • Adam King

        Thanks. Now we have a new motto for the Vatican Mafia.

        • TuuxKabin

          Sure. There ya’ go. Maybe print it on their currency.

          • Adam King

            Tattoo it on their foreheads.

          • TuuxKabin

            Good idea. Tattooed in reverse so they see it in the mirror, and tattooed left to right so they see it on each other in passing.

          • MT YVR

            Competition time! Everyone get your entries in for the new name of the Vatican currency.

            et stupri nimium sero stupri

            For the one, five, ten and twenty versions…

            The solo, the handy, the ludere, and Cardinals College Orders In. Those are mine.

      • MT YVR

        Huh… I swear I thought it was gonna be “in nomine patris”…

        • TuuxKabin

          Hmmmm, reference to ‘father’ different? Priest vs. ‘sky daddy’?

          • MT YVR

            Oh I thought they just all liked to be CALLED Daddy….

          • TuuxKabin

            I see your point. Daddy, or pater. They may offer the choice of one for the other.

          • MT YVR

            … now I have the horrid pun about the pitter pater of priests…

          • TuuxKabin

            pitter pater peter positioning of priests prancing to prison. (we’d hope).

          • MT YVR

            aaaaaaaaaahMEN. /singing

          • TuuxKabin

            I edited it.

          • Robincho

            That’s “Pater Cœli” to you, bub…

          • TuuxKabin

            Ok. Whatever you say.

      • shellback

        Gawd, I love it when you speak Latin.

        • TuuxKabin

          cum profecisse te videris et amo.

          • Octavio

            I thought it was “Nutrientibus meum penem,”

          • Gianni

            I don’t have to know Latin to understand that one. 🙂

      • Robincho

        Gratias tibi ago…

        • TuuxKabin

          delectatio mea, decorus.

    • Sporkfighter

      Qui nuper est a die illa , et denique a pupa .

  • PickyPecker
    • Orion Dumptee

      oh how kewl, a mid 50s Nash-Rambler to the rescue lol…

  • m_lp_ql_m

    Archbishop of Lyon be lyin’?

  • Blake Jordan

    Well I suppose it is an improvement over just moving the priests to new hunting grounds…

  • Tulle Christensen

    The Catholic League is gonna be so pissed

    • Adam King

      Yes, he is.

      • popebuck1

        Ha! I see what you did there.

  • Why aren’t they in PRISON like other child molesters?

    • Kelly Lape

      They’re not in America, but perhaps it’s because they haven’t been tried yet…

  • geoffalnutt

    Suspended? Since he gave “no further details” – I strongly suspect bullshit, anyway.

  • Ninja0980

    How about you defrock them and turn them over to the police?

    • Adam King

      But they might get chilly without their frocks.

  • i’m a ‘priest,’ just so you and your buddy the judge knows. what that means is if i commit any crime, only my fellow religious can judge and penalize me. you don’t get to do this b/c you don’t wear special hats and dresses. but i do.

    next week, i’m planning to rip off the Bank of Gotham. luckily, my fellow devotees will find me… “disagreeable” and send me to Wisconsin for punishment. where i will continue to be able to rob banks at will, b/c my sincerely help religious belief protects me from the application of mere mortals’ laws.

    • popebuck1

      They really miss the good old days when clergy COULDN’T be tried in a civilian court, but were under the jurisdiction of an “ecclesiastical court” instead. Which could, of course, be counted on to be more understanding of a priest’s needs. Good old Dark Ages.

  • Tor

    Only four?

    • Adam King

      The others were in their bedrooms with the doors closed and couldn’t be reached.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Oops. Same comment.

  • AtticusP

    I hope that when he says “suspended”, he means “hung by their scrotums”.

    • Joe knows who I am.

      Okay, I want this bumper sticker.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Only 4?

  • Richard

    47 years ago I was a choir boy, Church of England. I remember hearing all the stories about priests having sex with boys. My vicar was a really cute 28 year old and I was a really horny 13 year old. It was my Mother who told me to forget our vicar because she knew for a fact that he liked girls and “anyway it is the catholics that have sex with children”
    Sad as I was to not get the vicar it now occurs to me that this pedophile crap in the catholic religion industry has been going on at least 47 years and even then they considered it to be the historical norm and yet it is just this past decade that they are being busted.
    How is this global pedophile ring masquerading as a religious business still actually in business?????

    • Ninja0980

      It boggles my mind on that.
      The church I used to go to before I left religion altogether covered up the fact the man that led many of the bible readings (he wasn’t a priest) was also someone that didn’t know how to keep his hands away from middle school girls and yet somehow that didn’t bother the priest or the higher ups.
      And when all of this came out after he died, no one was held accountable for concealing that fact and people still go to the church as if nothing happened.
      And people wonder why victims don’t come forward?

    • Robert Conner

      Well, for starters, the Roman Catholic Church was already the world’s longest running totalitarian state way, way before you were a boy.

    • Randy503

      A friend of mine wrote a biography of Pope John Paul I, the one who was pope for less than a month before dying under suspicious causes. (Yes, he was murdered). His real name was Luciani, and he was groomed by the two previous popes to complete the liberal transformation of the church. When he was an archbishop in 1971, he gave a sermon calling for same sex marriage to be legal in Italy. He also favored single parent adoptions, even if it meant gay people could adopt.

      Anyhoo, in the early 70s he wrote a letter as archbishop of Venice to the Pope saying that the pedophile problem was major and if the church continues to sweep it under the rug, it will come back to damage the church immensely. He suggested that all cases of alleged pedophilia be brought to light, priests should be removed and turned over to authorities.

      Luciano wrote extensively about pedophilia and sought to determine its causes and what makes them tick and if there was a cure. He was not convinced they could be “cured,” and suggested that any potential pedophilia priest should simply not be allowed around children, and can never be allowed alone with them under any circumstances.

      So yes, the church knew. And had they not killed him, the church would be the type of church we want. He was murdered the evening before he was going to announce that women can be full priests in the church.

      Oh, and BTW, one of the first things he did was to hire a London real estate appraiser to give him an appraisal of the real estate value of what the church owned. He also hired art appraisers. He was going to sell it all off to fund anti-poverty programs in Africa and latin America. “We cannot understand poverty if we sleep on gild trimmed pillows,” he said

      The book is :Murder in the Vatican” by George Gregoire and you can buy it on Amazon.

      (Although there is no direct evidence of Karol Wojtiya’s complicity in the murder, we do know that he was counting the ballots and knew that he was the number two vote getter in the final round. So if the pope should die soon, he knew he would have the votes to win the next round. And right after Lucinano was elected, all the cardinals went home, as per usual. Strangely, Wojtiya stuck around for a few weeks in Italy. Hmmmm).

      • Ben in Oakland

        You would probably enjoy Hadrian the VII, by Frederick baron corvo. Corvo was a ‘mo, and the book is exactly what you describe, but 70 years earlier.

    • Ben in Oakland

      They have been doing it for at least 1000 years. Google St. PEter Damien.

  • James

    Try to imagine any other global entity whose staff had this many allegations and convictions for child abuse continuing to be permitted to do business. But because it’s a religion it gets what amounts to a free pass.

    • Veylon

      Every now and then a UN ambassador gets caught doing something scandalous in New York. But thats only like once or twice a year.

  • JaniceInToronto

    NO! This can’t be true. They are PRIESTS, agents of God!

    Must be a horrible mistake somehow…

    /s

  • Orion Dumptee

    in the RCC, mismanaging = ‘participation’

  • NZArtist

    I don’t really need to say anything here, do I.

  • Robert Conner

    How about suspending four pedophile-hiding popes?

  • mark99k

    Now how could they not have known in advance what a field day the world’s Thinking People would have with that phrasing??

  • Dean

    They musta done something else to cross the line, otherwise we’d see a lot more than Four.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Gosh, wow, four whole, entire priests.

  • Randy503

    If it takes this much time and effort to bring justice in open societies like the US, France and Ireland, I can only imagine the scandals that remain uncovered in a place like Poland, where the church is still revered, the courts are iffy, and the government is practically an extension of the church.

  • Octavio

    It’s not as good as a bus full of Juris Doctors at the bottom of a lake, but it’s a start. 🙂

  • Joe knows who I am.

    But really, why stop them now when they’re on a roll?

  • 1Truth1

    Suspended? How about turning them in to the authorities??

  • andrew

    “mismanaging” = protecting child molesters.

  • Gates Ortt

    You take a man, force him to abstain from sex in the conventional sense, and this is what you get. A starving man will break the law in order to eat. I put most of the blame on religion. If you think about it religion is to blame for most of the bad in our world, either directly or indirectly.