Five years in prison

Five years in prison

A well-known ex-priest has been sentenced to five years in prison in an abuse trial in France. However, no arrest warrant has been ied for former priest Bernard Preynat, according to the report.

That was the decision of a court in Lyon on Monday, as the French news agency AFP reported Monday, citing the defendant's lawyer. The well-known ex-priest is alleged to have sexually abused dozens of children in the 1980s.

Clerical status had already been revoked

The prosecution had demanded at least eight years in prison. Preynat, known from the Berlinale feature film "Grâce à Dieu," had already been stripped of his clerical status by a church court last summer.

The 75-year-old had admitted a large part of his deeds during the trial. He faced ten victims in court, among others, whose charges are not yet time-barred.

Fall of Cardinal Barbarin

The case has become something of an emblem of sexual abuse in the French church. Although many in the church were said to have known about the allegations, Preynat had simply been transferred again and again. The case had also led to the fall of the top Catholic dignitary in France, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin.

At the beginning of March, the Pope had accepted the request for resignation of the Archbishop of Lyon. The latter last acquitted by a French appeals court in trial over cover-up of abuse allegations. Nevertheless, he submitted his letter of resignation to Pope Francis.

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