Pope Francis received today the archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, after he announced that he would resign after being condemned in France for covering up the sexual abuse of minors by a priest of his diocese.
Barbarin, 68 years old and leader of the Archdiocese of Lyon for 17 years, was sentenced on March 7 and that same day he advanced to the Vatican to present his resignation to the pope, although without specifying whether he would also ask to be excluded from the Cardinal College.
At the moment, the Vatican only reported that the meeting has taken place, which indicates that Pope Francis will take time for his decision on his resignation as archbishop of Barbarin.
The cardinal sat on the bench in January along with other ecclesiastical charges accused of not reporting the abuses committed against children for 25 years by the priest Bernard Preynat.
In addition to the prison sentence, which Barbarin would only have to comply with in the event of a repeat offense, he must pay symbolic compensation of one euro to eight of Preynat's victims who had reported him.
The cardinal has already announced that he will appeal the sentence.