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French bishop resigned, disciplined by Vatican, after abuse investigation

October 19, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: A French diocese has confirmed that its former bishop retired early, and was instructed by the Vatican to live in “prayer an penance,” because of sex-abuse accusations.

Bishop Michel Santier of Crétel had resigned in January 2021, at the age of of 73, citing health reasons. But the diocese has acknowledged that he stepped down after a Vatican investigation confirmed the credibility of accusations against him.

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