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LYON, France (AP) In a surprise ruling, France’s senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, was convicted Thursday of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police, the latest high ranking churchman to fall in the global reckoning over clergy sex abuse and cover ups.

Magistrates in Lyon found that Barbarin had an obligation to report the Rev. Barbarin offered to resign.

Preynat, who is scheduled to be tried on sexual uk canada goose violence charges next year, has confessed to abusing Boy Scouts in the 1970s and 1980s. People who said they were among the victims accused Barbarin and other church officials of covering up the priest’s crimes for years.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Nine victims brought the case to trial. A group of Preynat’s victims hailed the unanticipated conviction as a victory for child protection and a strong signal that church leaders will be held accountable. buy canada goose jacket cheap

“We see that no one is above the law. We have been heard by the court,” said Francois Devaux, president of La Parole Liberee (Lift the Burden of Silence.)

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Five co defendants an archbishop, a bishop, a priest and two other officials were acquitted.

Barbarin’s conviction furthers the crisis facing the Catholic Church’s embattled hierarchy. The sex abuse scandal recently led to Australian Cardinal George Pell’s abuse conviction and the defrocking of America’s ex Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for sexually molested minors and adult men, including during confession.

The scandal swept up Pope Francis last year after he defended a bishop accused of veering up abuse in Chile. Francis is facing new questions about his backing for a cheap canada goose bishop now under investigation for sexual abuse in his native Argentina.

With the confidence of Catholic faithful in the church hierarchy shaken, Francis brought church leaders from around the world to a summit last month at which he vowed an “all out battle” to end abuse but issued no new rules to stop cover ups.

In the French court’s decision, read by The, the magistrates wrote that Barbarin “had the obligation to report” accusations against Preynat between July 2014 and June 2015 because the priest’s accusers didn’t request ecclesiastic secrecy.

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Canada Goose online Alexandre Hezez, one of those who put it back on the docket through a direct approach French law allows as a recourse, met with Barbarin in November 2014 and kept informing him there were probably other Preynat victims, according to the court ruling. Canada Goose online

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The cardinal was not in court when the decision was handed down. His lawyer, Jean Felix Luciani, said he will appeal.

“This is a decision that is not fair at the juridical level,” Luciani said. He added: “We hope that at the next step, justice will be done.”

Barbarin, 68, nevertheless said he would offer to resign when he meets with Pope canada goose outlet black friday sale Francis “in a few days.”

“I have decided to canada goose outlet in usa go and see the Holy Father to offer him my resignation,” he said in a brief statement, expressing his compassion for Preynat’s victims.

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Unlike most cardinals, he does not have a large presence outside his home country. He only serves as a member of a single Vatican office, the congregation for religious orders. Even cardinals who live much farther from Rome work on two or three congregations at a time.

The Vatican didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Pope Francis previously said the French justice system should take its course, but praised Barbarin as “brave.”

Francis now has to weigh whether to accept, reject or delay Barbarin’s offer of resignation.

Last year, Francis reluctantly accepted the resignation of one of his key supporters, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, after he was implicated in cover ups from decades ago.

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In France, the priest’s said top clergy had been aware of Preynat’s actions since 1991, but allowed him to be in contact with children until his 2015 retirement.

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