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Swiss Church shelters priests wanted by French prosecutors for abuse January 22, 2008

Swiss Church leaders have conceded that a priest suspected of molesting children in France was quietly transferred into Switzerland in the 1990s.

French law-enforcement officials are now seeking to question the priest, who has been identified only as a 67-year-old Capuchin. He has reportedly been living in a monastery in Switzerland.

Church leaders in Switzerland were apparently made aware of the accusations that had been leveled against the priest in France, but did not bring the information to the attention of local police. A spokesman for the Swiss bishops told reporters that Church leaders would review the policies that were in place at the time of the transfer.