Jump to content
Afrii Diaspora Dialogue
  • Archbishop admits to ‘inappropriate acts’ with young woman

    Archbishop admits to ‘inappropriate acts’ with young woman

    A former French archbishop admitted Wednesday to “inappropriate acts” with a young adult woman several decades ago, with prosecutors later confirming they were investigating him for possible sex crimes.

    The confession by Jean-Pierre Grallet, 81, deepens a gathering storm around the French Catholic church which has been sparked by fresh revelations of sexual abuse by senior clergy.

    Grallet said in a statement that he “profoundly regretted” his actions in the 1980s when he “strayed” and “hurt someone” before being named archbishop of Strasbourg in eastern France in 2007.

    He gave no further details, but the Strasbourg prosecutor’s office confirmed that an investigation had been underway since January for “incidents of a sexual nature”.

    The current archbishop of the city, Luc Ravel, said he had notified prosecutors after a woman approached him and outlined alleged abuse by Grallet.

    ALSO READ: Spacey faces FURTHER sex offence charges

    Last week, the Bishops’ Conference of France announced that 11 former or serving French bishops had been accused of sexual violence, including a cardinal who confessed to assaulting a minor more than three decades ago.

    Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, a retired bishop of Bordeaux, admitted publicly to “reprehensible” acts with a 14-year-old girl in the 1980s.

    Any criminal behaviour by Ricard and Grallet is likely to be deemed too long ago to prosecute under French law.

    The church was rocked last year by a report that revealed the vast scale of abuse of minors by priests, deacons and lay members of the Church.

    The inquiry found that 216 000 minors had been abused by clergy over the past seven decades, a number that climbed to 330 000 when claims against lay members of the Church were included, such as teachers at Catholic schools.

    Grallet claimed that he “strayed” and “hurt someone,” adding that he had asked the woman for “forgiveness.”

    The Strasbourg prosecutors’ office was not immediately available for comment.

    © Agence France-Presse

    View the full article


    Khamisi
     Share

     Share


    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    There are no comments to display.



    Guest
    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

About

Afrii-Diaspora Dialogue

A Platform for Dialogue for the African diaspora

A cultural and community website with a GO.A.L. to UpLift™ and EmPower™ the many different peoples, cultures, and communities of the Black and African diasporas.

Main links

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Guidelines, Privacy Policy, Terms of Use