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French bishops to establish independent panel on sex-abuse

April 12, 2016

The Catholic bishops of France plan to set up an independent commission to oversee the handling of sex-abuse complaints.

The new commission, which will be composed of secular experts, "will be in place before the summer of 2016," according to Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon.

Cardinal Barbarin has been in the center of a heated dispute about the handling of sex-abuse complaints, because of new charges against a priest of the Lyon archdiocese who had been briefly suspended, then reinstated to active ministry, after complaints were lodged against him years ago, before Cardinal Barbarin's arrival. 


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