French cardinal admits to sexually abusing a teenager 35 years ago

Jean Pierre Ricard admits to sexually abusing 14-year-old girl 35 years ago

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One of the oldest members of the French Catholic Church admitted to having He sexually abused a14-year-oldgirl 35 years ago when he was a parish priest.

French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, 78, made the shocking Confession in a written statement that was read by the president of the French Episcopal Conference, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, during a press conference in Lourdes on Monday.

The cardinal wrote in the statement that his behavior had been "reprehensible" and "produced serious and lasting consequences for that person".

Cardinal Ricard said he apologized to the victim and his family and would go. to the retreat to pray.

Ricard was made a cardinal in 2006 and led the bishops' conference. Frenchwoman. He retired from the post of Archbishop of Bordeaux in 2019.

Cardinal Ricard is a member of theVatican Dicasteryfor the Doctrine of the Fe, which oversees investigations of sexual abuse cases.

According to Moulins-Beaufort, the French civil authorities and the Dicastery for The Vatican's Doctrine of the Faith was informed of the revelations.

Cardinal Ricard stated in his written statement that he intends to to collaborate with the investigation and justice ofthe civil and Catholic Churchin his case.

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