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Top French cleric under pressure to quit over sex abuse scandals

One of France’s most prominent cardinals, Philippe Barbarin, is due to stand trial in January on charges he covered up for a known pedophile in Lyon, where Barbarin has been archbishop since 2002. This week, a French priest, the Rev. Pierre Vignon, launched a petition urging Barbarin to resign as both archbishop and cardinal. The bid has earned thousands of signatures. The 67-year-old Barbarin has admitted to making some “mistakes” in the management and nominations of priests, but the French senior cleric has denied cover-up allegations.

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