Church priest under investigation for 'inappropriate gesture' towards woman in France

    17-Nov-2022   
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A retired French archbishop is under investigation from judicial and church authorities for what he called "an inappropriate gesture" towards a young adult woman at the end of the 1980s, Reuters reported.
 
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Monseigneur Jean-Pierre Grallet, 81, the retired former archbishop of Strasburg, said in a statement that he had been informed this summer that the woman had filed a complaint against him.
 
In early November 2022, French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard said he had abused a 14-year-old girl decades ago and would withdraw from his functions. In total, 11 bishops or former bishops are currently the subjects of abuse investigations, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, head of the French bishops' conference, said.
 
In the year 2021, an independent investigation said French clergy had sexually abused more than 200,000 children over the past 70 years, and its authors said the Catholic Church had turned a blind eye for too long.