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Second Cardinal "Guilty" Without Crime: “I Cannot See What I Am Guilty Of”

Lyon's Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, France, received a six-months suspended sentence on March 7 for having “failed to report” abuses by Father Bernard Preynat.

All abuses happened before 1991. Barbarin was appointed to Lyon in 2002, more than ten years later.

Father Preynat was removed as an assistant priest in February 1991 after the archdioceses knew about abuses he had perpetrated in a scout group he had founded and run from 1972 to 1991. After six months, Preynat was re-assigned to other parishes without offending again.

Barbarin found out about the case when he was contacted by a victim in November 2014. He forwarded the case to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which recommended in February 2015 to remove Preynat from the ministry. This happened in April 2015.

In August 2016 the public prosecutor dismissed accusations against Barbarin for "failure to report sexual assaults on minors" because of the absence of an offense.

Using a juridical trick, an organization dedicated to abuse propaganda, managed to re-open the case in May 2017, helped by massive media disinformation. Barbarin replied in January, “I cannot see what I am guilty of. I never tried to hide, let alone cover up these horrible facts."

Barbarin’s lawyer announced that the Cardinal will appeal the verdict. Barbarin has announced that he will offer his resignation to Pope Francis (French video below).

Picture: Philippe Barbarin, #newsNakmdgikkf

Lalanz
To be prosecuted wrongfully or suffer in anyway for Jesus is a one way ticket to heaven!!!!!
Lalanz
Another Martyr in the making...
Lion IRC
This is how the highly organized and highly motivated enemies of the Church are going after prominent, conservative, (hated) Catholic Bishops. It's no coincidence that their targets are always strong vocal opponents of same-sex marriage and abortion.

The recent Cardinal George Pell Case fits the playbook perfectly.

...a totally unbiased, impartial jury (/sarcasm)
...reaches an anonymous verdict …
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This is how the highly organized and highly motivated enemies of the Church are going after prominent, conservative, (hated) Catholic Bishops. It's no coincidence that their targets are always strong vocal opponents of same-sex marriage and abortion.

The recent Cardinal George Pell Case fits the playbook perfectly.

...a totally unbiased, impartial jury (/sarcasm)
...reaches an anonymous verdict
...decades after the alleged event,
…on the uncorroborated evidence
…of one single witness,
…without any forensic evidence,
…without a pattern of prior grooming behaviour,
…without a confession. (Most pedophiles plead guilty)

They weaponise the legal system to exploit the now-default presumption that all clergy accusers always tell the truth - never confused , never schizophrenic, never homoerotic fantasy.
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Lion IRC
For a cohort who allegedly want to protect the reputation of the Catholic Church and conspire to cover up their crimes, these guys sure aren't following the script according to the conspiracy theory playbook

Gerald Ridsdale - pleaded guilty
Gerard Byrnes - pleaded guilty
Desmond Gannon - pleaded guilty
Richard Cattell - pleaded guilty
Kevin O'Donnell - pleaded guilty
Neil Byrne - pleaded guilty …
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For a cohort who allegedly want to protect the reputation of the Catholic Church and conspire to cover up their crimes, these guys sure aren't following the script according to the conspiracy theory playbook

Gerald Ridsdale - pleaded guilty
Gerard Byrnes - pleaded guilty
Desmond Gannon - pleaded guilty
Richard Cattell - pleaded guilty
Kevin O'Donnell - pleaded guilty
Neil Byrne - pleaded guilty
Greg Carter - pleaded guilty
Michael Aulsebrook - pleaded guilty
Wilfred Baker - pleaded guilty
Francis Cable - pleaded guilty
Edward Dowlan - pleaded guilty
Charles Barnett - pleaded guilty
Robert Best - pleaded guilty
Rex Brown - pleaded guilty
Brian Cairns - pleaded guilty
John Denham - pleaded guilty
John Keane - pleaded guilty
Albert Taylor - pleaded guilty
Terence Goodall - pleaded guilty
John Haines - pleaded guilty
Martin Harmata - pleaded guilty
Edward Mamo - pleaded guilty
Victor Rubio - pleaded guilty
Murray Moffat - pleaded guilty
John O'Sullivan - pleaded guilty
Paul Pavlou - pleaded guilty

...it's hard to find cases where the defendant denies being a pedophile.

WAIT - here's one
George Pell
Repeatedly denies accusations.
Has never faced corroborated testimony by multiple accusers.
Has never been linked to incriminating forensic evidence.
Has been subjected to allegations which subsequently were found to be false.
He forcefully prosecutes the Church's purge of atheists and pedophiles masquerading as priests.

Hmmm. The atheists who hate the Church usually proclaim themselves to be unbiased clear thinkers and rational skeptics. Not so when it comes to prejudice against strong conservative Catholic Bishops being framed as scapegoats.
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