Jean-Pierre Ricard: French Cardinal Confesses To Abusing 14-Year-Old Girl

A French cardinal has confessed that in the 1980s while he was serving as a parish priest, he abused a 14-year-old girl.

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard confessed to abusing a 14-year-old girl, 35 years ago
Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard confessed to abusing a 14-year-old girl, 35 years ago

Jean-Pierre Ricard, who since 2006 has been a cardinal, confessed to abusing the young girl in a letter on Monday, adding that he would be withdrawing from his functions.


He said: "Thirty-five years ago, when I was a parish priest, I behaved in a reprehensible way with a young girl aged 14.


"My behaviour has inevitably led to grave and lasting consequences for this person."



The disgraced cardinal asked for forgiveness and said he would be available to law enforcement or church authorities should they wish to speak to him.


Ricard was also a serving member of the Vatican Council for the Economy, which oversees all the financial activities of the Holy See.


This most recent confession is the latest in a string of sexual abuse cases that have rocked the Catholic Church over the last two decades, many of which have involved children.


Ex-NYPD Officer Found Guilty Of Murdering His 8-Year-Old Son





SUBSCRIBE TO GET EVERY STORY TO YOUR MAILBOX

Thanks for subscribing!