Cardinal offers resignation after conviction
LYON, France (AP) – French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is offering his resignation to the pope after being convicted of failing to report a pedophile priest.
In a brief statement to the media in Lyon, France, Barbarin said “I have decided to go and see the Holy Father to offer him my resignation.” He said he will meet Pope Francis “in a few days.”
Barbarin spoke of his “compassion” for the alleged victims and said they were in his prayers.
A Lyon court convicted Barbarin on Thursday and gave him a six-month suspended prison sentence.