French police search offices of Lyon archdiocese
March 31, 2017
French police have searched the offices of the Archdiocese of Lyon, looking for any evidence that Church officials failed to report accusations of sexual abuse.
Archdiocesan officials reported that they provided police with the documents they sought, cooperating with the investigation launched by a local prosecutor. A statement from the archdiocese said that “Cardinal [Philippe] Barbarin has many times expressed his desire to cooperate in full transparency with justice officials. He remains at their disposal in full confidence.”
The search of the archdiocesan officials came a week after a national television broadcast charged that many French bishops had deliberately concealed evidence of abuse and allowed accused priests to continue in ministry. Cardinal Barbarin was one of the active prelates accused in the television special.